Over 120 students currently have individual music tuition at HHS with our excellent team of peripatetic (visiting) music staff. The positive impact of learning an instrument on organisation, memory and motor skills is widely known – not to mention the enjoyment and pride that comes from making music.
We have a thriving music department with many students going on to study music after their time at HHS, including some who come back to teach as part of our peri team.
Students have the opportunity to learn for pleasure, or to take music exams to show their progress. Our team delivers Associated Board exams (ABRSM) up to grade 8, including music theory and musical theatre, and the Rock School and Trinity Guildhall exam boards.
Our team is made up of professional musicians: all actively performing, composing and conducting in their own right alongside teaching our young people.
If your child would like to start learning an instrument, or have singing lessons at school – please complete the letter and return to the music department. The price of lesson is heavily subsidised, with further reductions on the price for those eligible for pupil premium funding.
Mrs Lydia O’Gorman is the visiting Woodwind tutor at Hellesdon High School.
She studied Music and Professional Practice at Coventry University with saxophone, clarinet, flute and voice as her main instruments. Her background is in musical theatre where she works as both a musician in the orchestra and directing singing as a musical director. Lydia plays saxophone in a sax and piano duo with her husband at weddings, corporate parties and restaurants. She travels across South Norfolk to lots of schools teaching woodwind, singing and beginners’ piano, but also specialises in running musical therapy sessions for dementia patients across Norfolk and Suffolk. She enjoys running various community, adult and children’s choirs.
Mrs O’Gorman loves all genres of music and tries to see as much live music as possible. When she’s not involved with music (either performing or in the audience) she loves to travel and enjoys nipping away in her camper van with her husband and dog.
Ms Maxine Walker began working at Hellesdon High School in 2010, having been a full-time piano teacher since 1989. She is a pianist who also teaches the keyboard and music theory. Having started the piano at school in King’s Lynn aged 6 and worked through the ABRSM Examination system herself, she has much experience to offer.
Concert work as a pianist and organist took her all over the country when she left school, becoming a full-time musician and performing in venues such as Norwich Theatre Royal and Symphony Hall in Birmingham.
Her training with Yamaha Music Schools and then the Casio Music Academy set her up as a full-time teacher in May 1989. Ms Walker’s time now is spent teaching here at Hellesdon High School, in her own Music Studio in King’s Lynn and also at Heather Avenue Infant School in Norwich.
Martyn Woodgate has been playing drums since the age of 12, playing his first gig at 14 years old!
Currently active as a freelance drummer, Martyn plays with various function bands across the county and also enjoys playing for theatre shows.
Specialising in drum kit, Martyn has worked for Norfolk Music Service, Educator Solutions for the past 13 years as a Percussion Instructor. He is also a member of the Percussive Arts Society and the Vic Firth Drumsticks Education Team.