Learn a little about our lovely members of staff…

Lucy Howells
Lucy HowellsOwner & Manager
Lucy toured Britain with her band before turning to music education full time. She had a great time learning music growing up and wanted to set up a music school that was creative and fun. Lucy is constantly blown away by the level of talent, commitment and enthusiasm of the pupils here.
Jo McCallum
Jo McCallumAssistant Manager
Jo studied at the RNCM and now works as a freelance performer, arranger and teacher. She has been a member of the Music Place team for the last four years and helped to set up Music Place Supports, a charitable outreach programme taking music out into the community.
Jonni Musgrave
Jonni MusgravePiano Teacher
Jonni studied at Salford University on the Popular Music course and has worked as a professional musician and teacher since then. He has toured internationally with jazz funk band, Ute and has performed in the band of acclaimed bass player, Joe Hubbard.
Rosie Douglas
Rosie DouglasSinging Teacher
Rosie started her music career in Somerset, performing piano and vocals and composing for original theatre shows. Rosie started running music and drama workshops very early on in her career and in 1994 she moved to Manchester to study performance and singing at Salford University.
Gemma Salmon
Gemma SalmonPiano Teacher
Gemma graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in 2009 and has since worked as a performer and piano teacher. In addition to teaching at the Music Place, Gemma also teaches at Xaverian Sixth Form College, Rusholme.
Bairbre Garland
Bairbre GarlandPiano Teacher
Bairbre began her piano teaching at the age of 17 in her hometown of Dublin and since then, has taught both privately and in schools around the UK and Europe. She has also worked as an accompanist for ballet classes and has worked with visually and hearing impaired children in schools.
Imogen Gornall
Imogen GornallPiano Teacher
Imogen graduated from York University with a degree in music and has since worked as a tutor of piano, violin and children’s music classes for over twenty years. An experienced and dedicated teacher, Imogen has taught all ages and abilities, in both one to one and group settings.
Jenny Lyons
Jenny LyonsWoodwind Teacher
Jenny graduated from the RNCM in 2004 with a BMus (Hons) and a Professional Performance Diploma, the college’s most prestigious performance award. As a founding member of the Veya Saxophone Quartet, Jenny has performed internationally, in addition to taking part in a live broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Jenny Palfreyman
Jenny PalfreymanWoodwind Teacher
Jenny studied at the RNCM, Manchester and has performed extensively throughout the UK since graduating. In October 2010 she was the winner of the inaugural Clarinet and Saxophone Soloist Competition and subsequently performed with the Trinity College Symphony Orchestra at the British Saxophone Congress 2011.
Clare Morel
Clare MorelChoirs
Since graduating from Salford University with a BA Hons, Clare has worked as a professional musician and tutor of voice and piano for over ten years. An experienced and enthusiastic teacher, Clare has taught all ages and abilities in one to one, small group and large group settings.
Paul Farr
Paul FarrGuitar Teacher
Paul has been playing and teaching in the North West music scene for over 15 years. He has worked as a session guitarist, touring and recording with artists such as Tom Jones, Jamelia, Lily Allen, Errol Brown and Connor Reeves.
Johnny Heyes
Johnny HeyesGuitar Teacher
Johnny is a graduate of the City of Leeds College of Music where he gained a BA Hons in Jazz Studies and was awarded the Eric Kershaw prize for plectrum guitar. Johnny is a member of “Badbone & Co.” lead by trombonist, Dennis Rollins. In 2006 the band won the BBC Jazz Award for Best Band and they continue to tour internationally.
Anton Hunter
Anton HunterGuitar Teacher
Anton has been playing guitar in bands since before he knew how to play. After that he studied physics in Manchester for three years, where he joined the unversity big band and played with countless other groups, ranging from jazz through to indie. Alongside this, he also co-ran a 16 piece blues and soul band.
Thol Mason
Thol MasonViolin Teacher
Thol began playing the violin and piano at Wynstones Steiner school for 15 years before going on to study violin at the RNCM where he completed an honours degree. In addition to the violin and piano, Thol has always been interested in conducting and shadowed Martyn Brabbins for two weeks as part of a work experience placement.
Steve Gilbert
Steve GilbertDrum Teacher
A native of Manchester, Steve has been a professional musician all his working life. Steve was active as a sesson musician during the 80s and 90s. Steve has worked in radio and television under the direction of such luminaries as Derek Hilton, Brian Fitzgerald, Ritchie Close, Bill Connors, Colin Campbell and others.
Les Chisnall
Les ChisnallJazz Course Director
Les has worked with some of the world’s finest jazz musicians, including Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor and Ian Ballamy. He regularly performs as a member of the Mike Walker Sextet and has recently released an album, “Another Place”, with saxophonist Andy Schofield. He has given masterclasses at LIPA and RNCM and is also on the faculty of the Chetham’s International Festival for Pianists.
Iain Dixon
Iain DixonJazz Course Director
Iain began his professional career with the BBC Radio Orchestra and BBC Big Band, where he stayed for eight years before becoming a freelance player on the London music scene. He has played as a member of UK jazz groups led by Mike Walker, Julian Arguelles, Alan Barnes and Dave Newton, as well as leading his own bands. As a session player, Iain has appeared on many albums with artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Primal Scream and the Spice Girls.
Mike Walker
Mike WalkerJazz Course Director
Originally from Salford, Mike is an internationally respected guitarist and teacher. Mike has performed and recorded with many of the leading jazz musicians of today, including Kenny Wheeler, Mike Gibbs, George Russell, Vince Mendoza and John Taylor. Mike has performed extensively throughout the UK with his own quintet, featuring Iain Dixon, Les Chisnall, Malcolm Edmondstone, Steve Watts and Pat Illingworth.