Meet the Team
Chief Executive Director
Hi I am Lesley-Ann. I am a highly motivated, dedicated and enthusiastic music teacher with over 26 years experience of teaching in numerous schools and colleges across the UK. My specialist subjects are piano, flute, clarinet and saxophone. I also enjoy singing and playing tin whistle, accordion and drums. I was classically trained at the Royal Academy of Music in London and I am passionate about all genres of music, particularly Celtic music due to my strong family roots. After having a "suprise" edition to our family in 2011 I decided to change my ten year role as a woodwind specialist for the LEA out in North Wales to persue my dreams within Celtic Roots. I am an official adjudicator for local music festivals and a professional accompanist. In the past I have been Musical Director for an opera company and have been very involved in teaching and co-ordinating musical events for visually-impaired and disabled pupils. I also run youth music groups at church and youth music clubs within schools.
Hi, I'm Richard (Celtic Roots' Strings Consultant). I've travelled worldwide as a violinist-educator, am a Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music and have held Head of Strings posts including Wellington, King's Canterbury, and The University of Reading (my quartet, the Navarra, held the first British Telecom Residency there, and toured South America).I've taught at universities as diverse as Oxford, Cairo and Wits Johannesburg, and have surviving pupils aged 4 - 85! I'm a Naxos solo artist. My recordings of Russian chamber music, with Vovka Ashkenazy, were rated '5-stars' by Classic CD magazine. There have been some interesting concerto appearances: at the Eurostar Opening Ceremonies, I played Vivaldi's Four Seasons, on both sides of the Channel (although not at the same time!). I've led both London and overseas orchestras, perhaps most notably the SABC National Symphony in the 90s,(I emigrated to take-up the post). We were a busy broadcasting orchestra, but it was our Outreach work for 'the new South Africa' that we were most proud of.
Celtic Roots Community Music Development and Musician
Hi I’m Mike, I’m from the Wirral and I’m a singer/songwriter/musician. I started playing guitar and drums age 7, wrote and recorded my first song at 10, and formed my first band at 11. When I was 16, I trained as a sound engineer in Liverpool and I’ve spent the last 27 years working in bands, writing songs, recording albums, playing locally and nationally. I moved to Loughrea, Co.Galway in 1995 to experience the Irish way of life and get back my Irish roots. I wrote many songs during my time there and met many inspiring people along the way. I enjoy teaching children and adults alike and strive at all times to encourage, nurture and support everyone in my charge. My skills as a good communicator and multi-instrumentalist serve me well when teaching, as I can provide a lifetime of experience in a warm and friendly way. I have a gentle personality and a good sense of humour, which I'm told is very endearing!