Elfyn Jones PhD, AFHEA
Patrick Saturley BA (Hons), PGCE
Patrick grew up skateboarding around Torquay before studying Music at Dartington College of Arts. His career as a musician and teacher began in Europe, teaching in Prague, Warsaw, Budapest, and Northern France. Having returned to Devon in the late 1990s, his focus since then has been Music Education at Secondary School level.
Ruth Atkinson MPhil (Ed), PGCAP
Ruth is a musician and music educator based in South West England. She was a lecturer in primary education at the Plymouth Institute of Education, part of Plymouth University, from 2013 until 2023, holding the management responsibility for primary music and also for the broader curriculum as a whole, and teaching undergraduate and post-graduate student teachers, including those who take a major specialism in primary music (one quarter of their total course credits) within their BEd degree.
She is the author of Mastering Primary Music, the essential guide to teaching music for all trainee primary teachers, available from Bloomsbury. She also wrote the article Why working creatively is still important in English primary classrooms in 2022: an appreciative empirical inquiry as part of her contribution to the Sonopera®CIC project Creativity Through Music.
Prior to her career in Higher Education, Ruth was a primary-school teacher, school music leader, deputy head and headteacher. Her experience in primary schools spans over twenty years. Qualifications include BAHons(Oxon), PGCE, NPQH, MPhil(Ed) and PGCAP. An amateur musician, Ruth plays 'cello, piano, recorders, ukulele, djembe, kit drum and spoons.
Jade Gall MA, FTCL
Jade Gall is a highly celebrated UK-based saxophonist and flautist, hailed as having a “big, strong tenor sound with a beautiful sense of melody and swing…a musician to look out for in the future” by top UK trumpeter Steve Waterman. Experienced in pop, classical and jazz fields, she has performed alongside top-class musicians from around the world.
Jade is a Fellow of Trinity College London (FTCL) in saxophone performance. She is a regular feature at classical music festivals around the country. Alongside her solo work, she is involved in a saxophone duo with Ffion Dafis-Clode, performs with chamber ensemble ‘Superlocrian‘, performs in a saxophone quartet and plans for a solo classical album.
Jazz projects include performances with her Bristol-based quartet at venues across the country and at Teignmouth Jazz Festival; performing regularly with top big bands including the Swing Machine Jazz Orchestra and working with Mark Bassey and Tom Green (Dankworth Composition Prizewinner 2013) and the Sam Massey Ensemble.
Jade has a passion for sharing her musical skills and education projects are a key part of her musical life. She is an experienced woodwind tutor, teaching saxophone, flute and clarinet at a number of educational institutions, and as a jazz educator, she has worked with Issie Barratt and the National Youth Jazz Collective, and is a founder member of South Devon Youth Jazz.
Alfie Pugh BMus (1st Class Hons)
Alfie Pugh is an award-winning composer and arranger, holding a first class degree in Music from Bath Spa University. In 2011 he won the Charities Philharmonia Young Composers competition, with his piece for symphony Orchestra Vasilisa - The Beautiful, which was subsequently performed and recorded at St. John's, Smith Square.
Alfie has also enjoyed success working on the preservation of the music of Barry Gray, notably for a new soundtrack CD of the music from Thunderbirds, which reached number 1 in the Japanese classical charts.
His piece for Wind Orchestra Trans-Siberian Railway won the Symphonic Wind Orchestra of North London's Composition Competition in 2014. His symphonic composition Exeter Cityscapes, written to mark Exeter Music Group Symphony Orchestra's 50th anniversary in 2017, was received with critical acclaim at its premiere in Exeter Cathedral.
Alfie works as a freelance musician in Exeter, dividing his time between writing, teaching piano, drums and bassoon, performing and musical direction. He has published a number of works for chamber wind ensemble, available from wonderfulwinds.com