Teachers

Claire Pearcy

Claire Pearcy

Claire juggles being a Mum of two, private piano tuition, and running Boppin' Bunnies Eltham and North Kent. She started teaching with Boppin' Bunnies in 2012 and went on to set up her own classes just a year later in Sidcup and Eltham. She also teaches music in a number of schools and nurseries under her Boppin' Bunnies 'hat' and through her piano teaching.

Claire has been playing the piano since she was just 4 years old, and joined Trinity College of Music Junior Department as their youngest pupil where she studied piano and clarinet.. Having spent many years based in the Middle East and travelling the world, Claire always kept her musical roots, teaching piano privately to children of all ages.

Claire has had the pleasure of performing at some prestigious venues across London including the Royal Albert Hall, St Martin in the Fields and the Wigmore Hall as well as taking part in music festivals and competitions across the country.

Claire also enjoys playing the clarinet with the fabulous Greenwich Concert Band who perform concerts throughout the year as well as singing with a vintage 3 party harmony group Company 3!

Click here to contact Claire about her Eltham and Sidcup classes



Anna Shepherd

Anna Mellon

Anna Mellon is Owner and Director of Boppin’ Bunnies Ltd and Stretto Music Ltd. She graduated from Goldsmiths College, London in 2001 with an Honours Degree in Music, specialising in performance and drama. Her instruments are voice, piano and violin.

After graduating, Anna spent a couple of years as an active performer in and around London performing in venues such as The Barbican, Lewisham Theatre and St George’s Cathedral as well as further afield with baroque choirs and orchestras such as Fiori Musicali based in Northamptonshire. She has recorded sessions both with violin and vocals for various bands as well as numerous commercial projects.

She then went on to establish herself as a music teacher, visiting various primary schools, first on a peripatetic basis, then in a classroom environment. She developed her education work as a visiting music specialist, running school choirs, directing performances and concerts and delivering singing workshops. Anna has also worked as a private music teacher, teaching piano, violin, singing and theory up to Grade VIII for children and adults. She has facilitated Inset sessions for staff and led practical singing workshops at the Southwark Headteacher’s Conference to promote singing in schools.

As well as running Boppin’ Bunnies and Stretto Music Anna has two young children of her own, Charlie (8) and Jess (2) and lives in Blackheath Standard with partner Andy.



Hayley Porter

Hayley Porter

Hayley completed her studies in postgraduate Flute Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2013. During her time at Trinity Laban, she studied flute with Margaret Campbell and piccolo with Alan Baker. Prior to this, Hayley received a BA Honours degree in Music from the University of Nottingham. During her studies at both institutions, Hayley was an active member in the orchestras and chamber ensembles, performing internationally.

Alongside her work with Boppin’ Bunnies, Hayley teaches flute and recorder in primary schools in the local area for Greenwich and Lewisham Music Services. Hayley also enjoys teaching her private flute pupils at home in Greenwich.

In addition to teaching, Hayley is passionate about performing and especially enjoys playing in orchestras. Recent performances have included; Verdi Macbeth with Blackheath Community Opera, Minehead and Exmoor Festival Orchestra, and Pop and film score session recordings.



Gennie Joy

Gennie Joy

Gennie is a freelance clarinettist and bass clarinettist, teacher and workshop leader. She is currently completing her postgraduate degree at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, studying bass clarinet. She graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2012 with a BA (Hons) in Music, specialising in performance. Gennie regularly performs as a soloist and in chamber and orchestral concerts in venues across London, including performances at the Wigmore Hall, Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, and St John's Smith Square.

In addition to her work with Boppin' Bunnies, Gennie is also a freelance clarinet teacher, currently tutoring for Music in Offices, London Music Centre, and Musico South. She has also worked for a range of education projects, including work with London Philharmonic Orchestra FunHarmonics, Creative Club at Stratford Arts Trust, Tea Dance for Little People, and Jumping Beans.



Caz Todd

Caz Todd

Caz has joined the Boppin’ Bunnies team following in the footsteps of her older brother Henry George.

She plays the violin, guitar, piano has a wonderful singing voice, which will be a treat for her classes to hear! She has played in various bands and orchestras over the past years and is an active leader in the musical life of her church community.

Caz has worked extensively with little ones in a variety of settings; including an orphanage for abandoned children in Thailand, providing music activities and music therapy for children with physical disabilities, behavioural problems and learning difficulties.

Caz’s love of music stems from her experience of playing music and developing musicianship skills from a very young age. She’s excited to have the opportunity to provide other children with this wonderful and enriching experience.



Jess Thayer

Jess Thayer

Jess is a freelance singer and teacher from Cheshire who graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with a BMus (hons) in Vocal performance.  Jess attended Chetham's School of Music in Manchester and was a member of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. Her specialism is in Opera and she regularly performs as a soloist in concerts and productions across England, and has worked with the Blackheath Community Opera and The British Youth Opera.

Jess ran and directed her own opera company 'Puzzle Piece Opera' along side her studies at Trinity Laban and produced a number of operas including The Magic Flute and Carmen. Jess has been working with children for many years, particularly children with special needs and physical disabilities and enjoys running workshops for all ages and abilities. Jess loves to share music with everyone and is very much looking forward to leading the Family Choir as well as joining the Boppin' Bunnies team.

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Natalie Mellers

Natalie Mellers

Natalie is currently studying for her Masters in Performance at the Royal College of Music after recently graduating from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with a first class honours degree. As a professional trumpet player, she has most recently played with the London Concert Orchestra at the Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Royal Festival Hall. A keen orchestral musician, Natalie has been seen playing with orchestras across London and the UK in including Docklands Sinfonia and Chipping Campden Festival Academy Orchestra. At the tender age of 17 Natalie played at the BBC Proms with the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain at the Royal Albert Hall.

Natalie is experienced in many fields of teaching from private trumpet tuition to group music lessons in schools. She has a huge passion for teaching and thrives off of success and progress that students make. She really looks forward to developing a relationship with you and your child throughout the Boppin’ Bunnies classes,



Danny Hanson

Danny Hanson

Danny has been specialising in teaching music to children of all ages for many years, privately, for whole classes in schools, and peripatetically throughout London and abroad. She is passionate about sharing the gift of music and helping people of all abilities to find self expression through creativity, including providing access for children with special and additional needs. Her main instruments are the classical guitar and flute, but she also enjoys playing the ukulele, recorder, and rocking out in live shows and concerts on the electric guitar! She is a Southampton University music graduate where she also studied writing music for children, and has had the pleasure of studying under and working with some of London's top composers and artists, as well as the joy of performing and conducting in various theatres, concerts and venues, including the Royal Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall. Danny has completed training with The Voices Foundation, and will bring her knowledge of how to help your little ones "find their voices" to all her Boppin' Bunnies classes.



Grace Hall

Grace Hall

Grace is a warm and friendly Instrumental Tutor, Music Workshop Leader, and singer-songwriter. She graduated from the London Centre of Contemporary Music in 2013 with a BMus (Hons) in Music, specialising in music performance and production. Her main instruments include vocals, piano, and the flute.

Alongside her work with Boppin’ Bunnies, Grace also teaches instruments privately to children and adults of all ages and runs music workshops and clubs in primary schools including Glee, Percussion, and Guitar. She also has a daughter of her own who absolutely loves Boppin’ Bunnies classes and enjoys dancing to the music!







Office

Hannah Grain

Hannah Grain

Hannah, our EA, has been working with Boppin' Bunnies for four years and runs the head office with Anna. Before that she was a Boppin' Bunnies customer with her two boys, Robert and William (now aged 8 and 6). She is on hand while they are at school. She has 18 years experience of working in offices and is a born organiser.

Hannah loves listening to music but is not so good at playing it, so she leaves that to our talented musicians. She keeps us all organised brilliantly with her awesome administrative skills.





Floating Teachers

Rebecca Baxter

Alice Baxter

Alice is a freelance music therapist and musician playing recorders and flute. Having completed her masters at Guildhall School of Music and Drama she works as a music therapist across East London. Whilst completing her Undergraduate Degree from Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama she gained experience in workshop leadership, community music and cross - cultural collaborations. Alongside her work with Boppin’ Bunnies, Alice is also a Stretto Music teacher as well as tutoring her own private pupils on various instruments.

Alice was lucky enough to have an excellent and enthusiastic music teacher when aged six. She is aware how important fun musical experiences are at an early age. This love for music and passion for children to be actively involved is at the forefront of Alice’s teaching.


Emily Askew

Emily Askew

Emily studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she graduated with a first class Honours Bmus as well as receiving a concert recital diploma. Her interests are wide and varied reaching from the deep roots of folk music through to Medieval and Baroque. The instruments she plays are equally varied, including violin, vielle, bagpipes, recorders, hurdy gurdy and shawm.

As well as her work for Boppin Bunnies, Emily is a music teacher for Northcote Lodge, L'Ecole des Petits, Hereward House and Lambeth Music Service and has experience in both the primary and secondary sectors. She has also led folk workshops for adults and children at national folk festivals and music centres including the Centre for Young Musicians, Aldeburgh Young Musicians and Dartington International Summer School.

Emily is also a professional performer. She plays with a range of ensembles including The Artisans and The Dufay, the twice BBC Young Folk Award nominated Askew Sisters and ceilidh bands; Stingo and Ceilidh Factor. Other performance work includes principal recorder for operas at Glyndebourne and as a multi-instrumentalist in productions at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, The Apollo Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue and the Hampstead Players.



Cat Jackson

Cat Jackson

Cat is currently studying for her Masters of Music specialising in Orchestral Bassoon performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she also completed her undergraduate studies. As part of her studies she has also spent time studying at the conservatoire in Leipzig, Germany.

As well as working for Boppin’ Bunnies, Cat is an active teacher and freelance musician across London, Surrey and the rest of Europe. As a performer and facilitator, Cat has worked in many of the country’s leading concert venues including the Barbican Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall and Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. Her varied teaching experience includes working with children with behavioural and learning difficulties, peripatetic teaching on bassoon, oboe and recorder, workshop leading and working in a variety of early years settings, including Chamber Tots at the Wigmore Hall.

Cat has also had acting training and loves bringing all of her experience and ideas into her Boppin’ Bunnies sessions.



Rebecca Baxter

Rebecca Baxter

Rebecca graduated with a degree in vocal studies from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, and now works all over the world as a Vocal Animateur, working with both adults and children. 

When not Boppin', the rest of her week is spent leading outreach and education projects and workshops for companies including the Royal Opera House, the Southbank Centre and Stretto Music (Boppin' Bunnies sister music company) and has led vocal projects as far away as Zimbabwe. Rebecca is the Vocal Specialist for In Harmony, Lambeth, an extension of the Venezuelan music education programme El Sistema; introducing young people to the joys of music-making and singing together to overcome issues around us in our daily lives. She also ventures into the corporate world, putting together workplace choirs and providing team-building singing sessions and runs her own adult choir, New Voices, London. 

Rebecca is an accomplished flautist, using this and her recorder regularly in her Boppin' Bunnies sessions, and especially enjoys the calm that descends upon the groups during the first few notes!


Ben Trigg

Ben Trigg

Ben Trigg began playing the piano as soon as he was tall enough to reach the keys. He quickly combined this with a love of hitting things, soon acquiring a drum kit by the age of 6. He went on to greater things, studying at London’s Centre for Young Musicians and the Bromley Youth Music Trust before heading to the University of York’s prestigious Music department where he specialised in percussion, composition and jazz piano. Meanwhile he picked up a guitar and started songwriting, becoming a published songwriter and artist in the church music scene a few years later. Ben is in demand as a tutor, live musician and recording artist and continues to write and produce songs in his own right.



Alba Cabral

Alba Cabral

Alba Cabral is a Brazilian musician based in London since 2009. She composes, performs an collaborates in several projects including her original ones Let Drum Beat, an all female Afro-Brazilian influenced percussion & vocals band. She took a Masters Degree in Music Leadership at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and leads workshops of Body-Music, Collective Music Making and Percussion Ensembles, Music for toddlers & families in various settings for a wide age range in Institutions, Schools, Community Centres, Universities, Festivals around the UK and abroad. Alba recently won an award for a research trip in Palestine/Israel by Help Musicians UK.



Emma Gerrett

Emma Gerrett

Emma is currently studying the Clarinet at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She began playing the clarinet at age 10, and then also picked up the Saxophone. She plays in several conservatoire ensembles such as the Trinity Laban symphony orchestra, wind orchestra and musical theatre band. She is originally from Hampshire but is now based in Greenwich. Emma has several years of experience working with children in youth music groups, and is also a qualified gymnastics coach and teaches in London. She feels that musical opportunities for young people are important and will bring this energy and enthusiasm to every Boppin’ Bunnies class.