OUR TEAM OF MUSICIANS
Classical Music Rocks has a team of musicians who play a wide variety of instruments including the violin, piano, guitar, flute, cello, theorbo and viola. We also have an opera singer and  a woodwind specialist. They have all been carefully selected for their ability to communicate with children. Their commitment is apparent in every session they deliver. We expect to carry out at least  16 days of school visits, reaching 4,000  children every year, varying the content to include workshops and short concerts.  Schools will be revisited, though ultimately we aspire to reach a a majority of primary schools  in West Norfolk. CMR artists  have also visited infants schools and a secondary school. This will require an expansion of our volunteer base and funding.
Biographical Details
Founder & Chair of Classical Music Rocks
Peter Barker 
Peter Barker is a Cambridge graduate and a qualified social worker, now retired. His career has included 30 years in the Probation Service and 7 years with CAFCASS (Children and Family Court Advisory Service), working with children harmed by family breakdown.   In retirement he has set up a new Child Contact Centre in West Norfolk and led a national campaign to place centres on a statutory basis. His ambition for this project is to ensure its longevity through an expanding volunteer base and also hopes to encourage similar developments in other parts of the country. At present, it seems CMR is unique
Joo Yeon Sir , Violinist

 Key musician who helped in the founding of CMR. A real virtuoso performer. Excellent emotional connection with children and audiences. Had a highly acclaimed CD recording in 2017 ( "Suites and Fantasies"). Has performed with leading orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic in the Albert Hall.  Also a composer.
Highly capable in delivering interactive presentations on a solo basis.
 
Schools: Snettisham , Greyfriars, St Marthas, Heacham Junior, Flitcham and Sandringham. (inc workshop) 2 visits here. Clenchwarton, West Lynn and Walpole Cross Keys

Laura Snowden ,Guitarist

Plays in duo with Joo Yeon. An outstanding musician, tutored by Julian Bream.  2017 solo recital at the Wigmore Hall. Tours internationally in America, Asia, Sweden. Has performed at the Kings Lynn  Festival and a solo recital in St Mary's, Snettisham

Schools: St Martha’s ,Snettisham, Heacham Junior.
Klio Blonz , flute 

Klio is a superb flautist, broadcast on BBC  Radio 3.Performs regularly  in the UK and abroad. Imaginative and creative musician who has extensive experience of delivering  music education programmes including  to Early Years. Recently elected to CMR committee as Programme Adviser.
 
 Schools: Heacham Infants, Snettisham Primary, Smithdon High, Gayton x 2 Middleton, West Lynn, Clenchwarton, Flitcham, Sandringham, Dersingham, inc Early Years.

Siobhan Swider,   Harp
             
A much in demand and well established harpist. Connects well with children. Wonderful in AMALTHEA DUO with her friend Klio. Keen on music education for children.
 
Schools: Heacham Infants, Snettisham Primary, Smithdon High, West Lynn, Clenchwarton.

Yu-Wei Hu , Flute

(plays in Flauguissimo Duo with husband Johan Lofving for CMR)

A very established flautist, recently appearing with the Early Opera Company at the Royal Opera House. Flauguissimo are an exciting duo who provide presentations encouraging participation by the children.
 
Schools: West Lynn, Walpole Cross Keys, Clenchwarton (x2), Tilney All Saints, Whitefriars, Snettisham, Heacham Junior,
Heacham Infants, Holly Meadows (x2)

Johan Lofving , Guitar, Theorbo​​


(plays in Flauguissimo Duo with his wife Yu-Wei Hu for CMR).

Prize winning guitarist, tours internationally. Great communicator with children who love his theorbo.
 
Schools :West Lynn, Walpole Cross Keys, Clenchwarton (x2), Tilney All Saints, Whitefriars, Snettisham, Heacham Junior,
Heacham Infants, Holly Meadows (x2)

Oliver Wilson ,  Viola

An immensely experienced principal player with orchestras such as the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique. Conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, and John Eliot Gardiner. Plays in chamber groups. Works superbly with older age primary school children.

 
Schools: Snettisham, Heacham, Smithdon High, Shouldham x2, Stoke Ferry

Catherine Backhouse , mezzo soprano

Musical CV to follow.​​​


Adrian Cosker,  Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet…

 Performs solo woodwind presentations to small groups of 25/30 children. Very well received by children who love being able to pick up the numerous wind instruments he brings. 
 
Schools: Snettisham, Heacham, Walpole Cross Keys, Greyfriars, Sandringham, Flitcham
Grace Mo , piano

An exceptional musician who tours internationally. Has recently performed in concerts for trios including Fenella Humphreys and Klio Blonz. In June 2019 Grace will perform with Klio in anniversary events for Save the Children in Hunstanton.
Irina Andrievsky, Pianist
( accompanist to Joo Yeon Sir)

Superb accompanist and highly talented. Only likely to play with her friend Joo Yeon. Wonderful chemistry between them.

Siobhain O’Higgins , pianist

Superb accompanist to Raphaela Papadakis, who also plays in solo recitals in the UK and abroad.

Schools : Gaywood (x2) , Whitefriars, Greyfriars in KL Minster and Gaywood x 2 with groups of 60 children. Clenchwarton, West Lynn.
Rebecca Hepplewhite , cellist

Accomplished cellist, works in Persephone Duo with Klio.  Highly acclaimed musician who tours in the USA and throughout Europe. Has performed all the major cello concertos, in particular the Elgar cello concerto. Has several CDs to her credit.
 
Schools: Flitcham, Sandringham​,Gayton

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