Meet the Team

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Helen Sumner

Founder & Principal

Guitar and Ukulele

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.

Charles Edwards

Guitar and Ukulele

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Ethan Davies

Guitar and Ukulele

George is an engaging and friendly classical guitar teacher who has several years experience teaching children to play.   He has a Master of Performance from the Royal College of Music and won the Con Nuovo Young Musician of the Year award in 2018.  George combines professional performances with ensuring his students are fully supported, he likes to be busy!

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George Robinson

Guitar and Ukulele

George is an engaging and friendly classical guitar teacher who has several years experience teaching children to play.   He has a Master of Performance from the Royal College of Music and won the Con Nuovo Young Musician of the Year award in 2018.  George combines professional performances with ensuring his students are fully supported, he likes to be busy!

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Paul Whitehead

Guitar and Ukulele

Paul has been teaching electric guitar for 27 years. He worked for Cheshire County Council and Manchester Council for 20 years teaching in various schools. He teaches all styles of electric guitar and specialises in jazz and blues with experience performing as a professional musician for 30 years. Paul is committed to ensuring that students understand the fundamentals of the guitar and musical theory to provide them with the skills to improvise and develop their own sound. Overall, Paul aims to create a fun and inspiring atmosphere for students to learn!

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Konstantina Pigado

Guitar and Ukulele

Dina is an engaging and friendly classical guitar teacher who has several years experience teaching children and adults to play.   She has been playing guitar since she was 8 years old, and has a Master of Music Performance from the University of Leeds.  Konstantina is passionate about helping students achieve the very best they can, whilst ensuring that lessons are always fun!

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Paulo Andrade

Guitar and Ukulele

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Rachel Marsh

Guitar, Ukulele and Piano

Rachel started to play the guitar aged 6, taught by her mum, and by the time she finished primary school she could play classical piano, viola, guitar, trumpet, recorder, flute, and oboe. She played viola in an orchestra from the age of 10 and now leads the viola section in Maidenhead Symphony Orchestra.

Rachel holds ABRSM grade 8 in 6 instruments and grade 5 in 9 others.

She began teaching in Papua New Guinea in 2002 and joined Little Strummers in 2018!

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Simon Turner

Guitar and Ukulele

Simon began learning to play the 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 6 years, building lessons around the students' goals.

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Thuta Htun

Music Tutor

Francesca Pearce

Virtual Assistant

Fran learnt to play the guitar in primary school but has not picked one up since! She has previously worked as a school administrator and gymnastics/trampolining coach. Fran is a mum to her daughter, Hallie and son, Logan who both love listening to nursery rhymes and songs.

 

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

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Maria Colvin

Admin Manager

Maria started her career as a tennis coach working in schools and clubs in West London, and after a few years, moved into business administration and management within the leisure industry.

 

Maria’s hobbies include travelling, theatre, and music. She loves spending time listening to her favourite prog rock bands and can’t wait to start learning the electric guitar!

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