Danielle Salamon ARMCM GRSM (Course Director)
After 28 years of sterling work, Muriel Levin retired from directing Holiday Music, and Danielle took it over from 2018.
Danielle is an experienced recitalist, as a solo player, as a song accompanist and as a chamber musician. She is a past winner of the Mozart Memorial Prize and has been staff accompanist to the BBC Young Musician competition and to the Dartington Summer School. For several years she held a post at the University of Sheffield as Convocation Pianist in Residence, performing frequently with the Lindsay String Quartet and teaching many excellent students.
Danielle is a well established London piano teacher, with a particular interest in the training and development of gifted young pianists. For many years she has taught at the Royal College of Music Junior Department and more recently also at the Purcell School. She also mentors other piano teachers and other interested adults and has run an enthusiastic Piano Group (of adults) since 2001. She has also presented several weekend courses on the lives and works of famous composers. She has been an examiner for the ABRSM and a festival adjudicator.
Both in 2009 and 2012 she undertook tours in Australia and in New Zealand where she gave lecture recitals on various aspects of piano technique and repertoire, as well as masterclasses.
Danielle is currently engaged in a Mozart Piano Concerto project in London, and is hoping to complete the entire series. Twelve concertos have already been successfully performed with the remaining concertos to be completed.
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After obtaining a LRAM in singing teaching and LTCL in singing performing Tonie continued her studies with Roy Henderson – Kathleen Ferrier’s teacher and then Helene Isepp – Janet Baker’s teacher.
She has performed over 40 operas with many companies which include Covent Garden, Glyndebourne, Phoenix Opera, and with the English National Opera. Whist pregnant she sang Yum Yum in the Mikado at the Old Vic Theatre- her costume hiding her bump.
Today, Tonie specialises in teaching singing and giving Lieder recitals.
Muriel Levin B.Mus ARCM (piano)
Muriel gave up her mathematics studies at Glasgow University for music, winning all available prizes, as well as the Royal Scottish Academy of Music’s major piano scholarship. It was at the Royal Northern College of Music that she first worked with the distinguished Greek conductor/pianist George Hadjinikos, who profoundly influenced her development as a musician and teacher. She has performed widely in the UK and abroad, and has given several broadcast recitals. In partnership with the late Carola Grindea she gave courses on “A Healthy Approach to Piano Teaching”.
In the past she has taught piano in the Junior Departments of the RNCM and the RCM, as well as being an ABRSM examiner and adjudicator. She now teaches at Colourstrings Music School.
In 1990 she founded the HOLIDAY MUSIC residential courses which have won a devoted following worldwide, with students returning year after year.
“Muriel Levin’s special gifts as a teacher … set Holiday Music apart from other courses.” (Classical Music)
John Crawford (Violin)
John has had a long career as a performer, teacher and coach. He was a member of the BBC symphony orchestra for 10 years before teaching gradually became his main interest. He has held positions at the RCM Junior dept, the Purcell school, the Keski Pohjanmaan Konservatorio in Finland and Trinity Laban conservatoire where he is still active. He also is a sought after teacher of the Alexander technique and has worked with many musicians seeking for more ease and comfort in their playing. He is still active as a performer, leading the Forest Philharmonic, Camden Symphony and Ernest Read orchestras, with all of which he has had regular concerto appearances. He is particularly interested in how unseen underlying attitudes to playing affect freedom and comfort.
John also coaches regularly on the National Youth String orchestra courses, European Youth summer music and this year he has been invited to coach on a Pro Corda chamber course. He has given many courses and workshops worldwide on freedom and comfort for musicians, most recently in Bulgaria.
Pamela Moody (cello)
Pamela completed a 4 year performance course in cello and composition at Trinity College of Music in London. She was awarded the Gertrude Norman Prize for Chamber Music and the Chappell Composition Prize. Over 40 years, Pamela has taught the cello and coached Chamber Music, mainly at North London Collegiate School and Harrow School, and for a few years at the Junior Department of Trinity College of Music. She recently made a well earned retirement from school teaching, but continues to teach privately.
Catherine trained at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music under such notable teachers as Franz Reizenstein (piano) and Sidney Griller (chamber music). In addition to an extensive teaching career, including for many years at Harrow School and at the Purcell School, Catherine has had much experience on the concert platform, mainly by choice as an accompanist and chamber musician. She was for approximately 30 years pianist of the Deakin Piano Trio, with whom she recorded, broadcast and toured widely. Currently Catherine continues her work as private teacher and piano accompanist.
Nadia Lasserson B.Mus(Lond),ARAM,GRSM,ARCM (multi-piano session)
Nadia is an experienced performer of lieder, chamber music and concertos. She has recorded the rarely-heard Mendelssohn Concerto for Violin and Piano and the Schubert Notturno with violinist Peter Fisher. She performed Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and Piano Concerto no 2 in Bb with the European Doctors’ Orchestra (founded by her husband Dr. Michael Lasserson ten years ago) in the Cadogan Hall and in Bangalore. She recently performed Mozart’s Coronation Concerto, her seventh in a project to play them all. Nadia teaches at the Royal College of Music and Trinity College of Music Junior Departments in London and at JAGS girls school and privately.
Nadia is the founder of “The New London Piano Quartet! (a piano quartet of 8 hands at 2 pianos and previously known as Piano 40, the only group of its kind in the UK and they have had 31 works composed especially for them). A firm believer in the value of ensemble playing for pianists her publication “Piano Needn’t Be Lonely” a guide to over 400 pieces of Chamber Music and Multipiano Repertoire – is now in its third edition
She is the Organising Secretary for EPTA (European Piano Teachers Association), founded by her mother, Carola Grindea, 40 years ago.
Frankie Papadakis (Dalcroze)
She has recently graduated from UCL with an MSc in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology with Distinction and is working as a child counsellor with vulnerable children at Copenhagen School.
Frankie taught Kodaly musicianship classes and string ensemble classes at Junior Guildhall, and was deputy head of North London Colourstrings where she taught piano, musicianship, junior choir, beginners’ string ensembles and music kindergarten for many years.
Frankie firmly believes we are all innately musical given the right environment. She believes that Dalcroze classes enable students to express themselves freely through sound and movement, and thus experience music holistically engaging the body, mind and emotion. Frankie has experienced the huge benefits of attending Kodaly and Dalcroze classes personally. She has also witnessed the enormous musical benefits her three daughters received from learning Kodaly and Dalcroze techniques from a young age at Junior Guidhall and Procorda.
She regularly participates in Paul Robert’s annual piano summer school in France. She is married and has a very lively jackapoo. She enjoys wild water swimming, pilates and dog walks with friends.
Course Assistant and Resident Pianist
Richard Calder (LTCL) studied piano with Muriel Levin and George Hadjinikos. An experienced chamber musician and improviser, Richard has been a vital member of the Holiday Music team for many years now. He is available to form ensembles with course participants at an advanced level.
Hannah Olbrich (BMus) studied cello and piano at Chetham’s School and then the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. She now works in the RNCM library, teaches the piano, and loves accompanying. Hannah also arranges music for Special Virtuosi, an orchestra of severely disabled children and adults.