Our Staff

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Will Peters

Director

Will is a professional piano player specialising in jazz, who has studied Music and Drama throughout his career culminating with an honours degree in Music at Bath Spa University. Will has spent his working career teaching music and working closely with schools and youth theatre groups as Musical Director, as well as pursuing a career within professional theatre and as an arranger/composer for numerous groups, ensembles, and productions. 

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Mike Cooper

Drums and Percussion

Mike is a professional musician, composer and drum teacher based in Bristol. Having studied BA Music at Bath Spa University and MA Jazz at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Mike has gone on to work in a variety of projects including professional touring bands, recording sessions, and musical theatre productions.

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Danny White

Brass and Strings

Since completing an undergraduate degree in music, Danny has been gigging, composing, and teaching in and around Bristol. With an eclectic musical taste and a passion for discovering new music, Danny enjoys working with young people, helping them to explore their own tastes and to become confident and aware of their own musicality.

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Joe Hamlen

Assistant Director

Joe is a composer, trumpet player and teacher from Bristol. He performs regularly around the South West in a wide variety of ensembles and genres and his composition work has appeared at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. 

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Ella Polczyk-Przybyla

Vocals and Woodwind

Ella is a professional saxophonist and clarinettist based in Bristol. After completing her BA Hons in Music at Bath Spa, Ella joined various bands and projects which allowed her to play around the UK, internationally, and at many festivals including Glastonbury and Boomtown. Ella is a qualified Music Therapist (MA), teaches a variety of instruments, and loves to coach people of all ages on their own musical journeys.

About US

 

Founded in 2014, Minor to Major is a project created with the sole purpose of providing children and young musicians with the opportunity to learn and perform together to gain experience, knowledge and pleasure from playing. Musicianship often has the stigma attached to it of being elitist due to the costs associated including with the need for expensive instruments, books and tuition - but we are looking to change that. We are offering the opportunity to learn and play music with professional, qualified teachers; all without the financial burden that goes along with it. 

 

Established by music professionals, the project offers a rich environment for learning and performing, delivered with enthusiasm and passion. We pride ourselves on finding the perfect balance between providing enough structure so the children learn and feel safe, whilst providing enough freedom so they express their creativity and start to feel challenged. 

I have been working on this project for the last five years. With experience in playing, writing, and directing all types of music and having worked with children of all ages, I have devised this project with the aim of providing high quality music tuition to all youngsters, in a tailor made environment, to give them the best means of achieving their full potential! I aim to bring young musicians together under the guidance of enthusiastic, energetic and gifted professionals to enrich their musical experience and encourage a lifelong love of music.

Will Peters

Director

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