Meet The Team

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Helen Sumner

Owner & Founder

Helen started learning to play classical guitar in a caravan in a back garden a long time ago.  Her teacher smoked a pipe, and her overwhelming memory of those lessons is a metal foot stool and tobacco smoke!  Things have changed since then, and now, with two (nearly) grown up daughters and a very understanding husband, she has the most perfect job in the world - running Little Strummers!
Aside from work, Helen enjoys travel, shopping, reading and spending time with her family.

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Simon Turner

Teacher

Simon began learning to play guitar in 2005 and a few years later studied a Higher Diploma in Music Performance at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. Specialising in rock, pop and acoustic guitar Simon has been teaching for the last 4 years, building lessons around the students goals.

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Rachel Marsh

Teacher

My mum started teaching me piano when I was six and I was desperately keen to pick up any instrument that was offered.  By the time I finished primary school I was playing piano, viola, guitar, trumpet, recorder, flute and oboe, all entirely classical.  I joined my first orchestra on viola when I was 10 and never looked back, and I now lead the viola section of Windsor and Maidenhead Symphony Orchestra.

 

While I was at university I bought myself an acoustic guitar and taught myself how to play it.  I also learnt keyboard techniques, and since then have joined bands on both (and on bass).  I have probably sat more music exams than anyone else in the world, now holding ABRSM grade 8 in six instruments and grade 5 in a further nine, and I am in the process of recording Beethoven's 5th Symphony by myself.

 

I first started teaching music while I was in Papua New Guinea in 2002, and enjoyed it so much that I decided to leave my career in mapping to become a self employed music teacher in High Wycombe in 2010.  I joined Little Strummers in 2018 and it's lovely to be part of such a great team!

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Darren Bevan

Teacher

Darren teaches classical and electric guitar.

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Claire Deards

Teacher

Claire started singing when she was 11 and has loved it ever since! She was classically trained from the ages of 13-17, but decided to go down the musical theatre route instead. She graduated from the London College of Music in 2018 with a first class BA(hons) degree in Musical Theatre. 

After graduating, Claire went on to perform professionally in pantomimes and plays but decided that she much preferred teaching her students to being a professional performer! Claire teaches a variety of singing styles from Musical Theatre to Pop, Rock and Classical and she is told by her students that her classes are always fun.

When she is not teaching she can be found doing anything arty and crafty, cooking lots of food or watching a good Netflix series.

Francesca Brinkworth

Virtual Assistant

Francesca learnt to play guitar in primary school, however she has not picked one up since! She has previously worked as a school administrator and a gymnastics/trampoline coach. Francesca is a Mum to her daughter Hallie who loves listening to nursery rhymes and songs.

Francesca's hobbies include walking, baking, dunking biscuits and spending a lot of time in various coffee shops!

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Yolly Allen

Office Administrator

Yolly plays a vital role in the Little Strummers office and is often the person replying to your emails and phone calls.