Welcome to the Hellesdon High School Music Department.

We run lots of music clubs: why not join one? If your style of music is not currently performed in school just ask your teacher and we’ll see if there's something we can do.

Learning an instrument at HHS



In the Music Department we have two main subject teachers and nine instrumental teachers.

Mr Rider is a contemporary guitarist who studied music at Anglia Ruskin University and the USA. He joined the British Army in 2012, serving in the Corps of Army Music and developing his musical skills through theory and performance. In addition to the guitar he learned the saxophone at the Royal Military School of Music and performed in marching bands and concert bands, earning a diploma in Professional Music Performance. Mr Rider took charge of a small ensemble focusing on contemporary music and live sound production. During his service, he had the opportunity to perform in countries including Germany, Kosovo, Abu Dhabi, Cyprus and Afghanistan, entertaining the troops and boosting morale. He has performed extensively in the UK, including to the Royal Family. Mr Rider retrained as a teacher in Norfolk in 2017 and is enjoying his new career path.

Mr Swaep also has a military music background, and has had the privilege of travelling internationally, performing at public concerts, ceremonial occasions and military events. His main interests are around Brass Bands and has conducted several Norfolk based bands, completing short international concert tours, recording CDs, and has had enjoyed a high level of success both regionally and nationally with competing bands.


Mr Rider



Mr Swaep


Key Stages

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