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Limelight The Storey, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster LA1 1TH, UK

Tel: 0330 113 7298

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Committed to Education

Our Teachers are highly influential players in the industry. In every course they teach, they bring their rich experience, knowledge and passion to the classroom. Get to know our talented team below, and feel free to reach out with questions.

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VICTORIA MUNSON

Vocal Coach / Performance

Victoria loves performance having begun her training in musical theatre, singing, dancing & acting in numerous shows from a very young age.

Music and drama festivals, LAMDA to Gold Medal & Trinity College of Music and Drama exams, to grade 8 and theory, (exhibition for highest marks in UK for grade 5 & 6) developed her experience leading to her gaining a place at The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts, London (now part of The Central School of Speech & Drama ) where she graduated with a Diploma

in Performing Arts.

Victoria followed the singing route in theatre, as well as solo cabaret, as a Dusty Springfield Tribute then to lead singer in a band, which took her around the world .Singing pop/jazz/rock in the The Middle East 5 Star Hotel Scene, in shows on Cruise lines, to performing at The Hard Rock Cafe, Dubai.

Teaching BTEC 'Singing and Performance' at college level developed her teaching skills and enjoyment of training up new performers.

Victoria has been a vocal coach for 20 years and is excited to be continuing individual vocal lessons, group singing classes, performance workshops and her ladies contemporary  Limelight Choir.

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NEIL MUNSON

Drums - Music Theory

Neil is more than a typical teacher, he has been a successful international professional Musician and band leader for over 25 years.

From a young age, at his fathers Music shop, he interacted with artistes as diverse as the Moscow State Philharmonic to Blondie, and learned Musical Instrument retail, manufacturing and repair.

Performance was always calling though which resulted in extensive tours of the UK and the USA during the eighties. Playing numerous gigs with many bands like Spiral Axis which spurned famous artistes such as Ian Kirkham (Simply Red), Peter Howarth (The Hollies), and they also opened for Level 42 on their uk tour. Later as drummer for Tony Williams (Jethro Tull /Steelers Wheel) and whilst resident in Liverpool backed lots of 60's artistes such as , Marty Wilde, Wayne Fontana and Solomon King.

He went on to form his own jazz quintet in 1992 to cater for the five star hotel and cruise ship markets, Enjoying long resident tenures at luxury hotels in China, Israel, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Oman, Bahrain and Japan and several summer seasons as band leader cruising the med' saw Neil sharing the stage with Jakki Graham, Hazel Dean and Heatwave to name just a few, this culminated as bandleader of the house band at Dubai's 'Hard Rock Cafe'.

Gaining a BA (Hons) and a Diploma in Music , Neil became a College Lecturer where he delivered the Btec Music Modules '20th Century Music' and 'The Music Industry'. As a private tutor Neil brings all the above experience to his Drum lessons , his current students regularly attaining distinctions in their rock school grades. Neil teaches one on one Drum lessons at Limelight and hosts music mentoring  workshops.

 

 

JIM TOWLER

Guitar & Ukelele Tuition

Jim began his musical journey playing the tenor horn and keyboard at school, then aged fourteen started to learn the guitar  which would become his main instrument. Forming a band at the age of eighteen they entered a national competition with a mix of prog rock and heavy blues funk , Jim and the band made it to the final playing at Manchester’s Hard Rock Café along the way. The final was at the Ocean bar, Hackney for an  audience of 2500.

Jim later went on to play in venues all over the UK including: the Edinburgh Fringe festival, Manchester Academy, and the famous Cavern Club,  Liverpool and suppored many acts such as the  Alabama 3 .

Jim went on to reach another final this time in the National battle of the bands competition, this time they were held at the Birmingham Academy.

  Jim attained a BSc (Hons) degree in Creative Music and Sound Technology at Leeds Metropolitan University where he spent  time developing different studio recording techniques.

​In later years he toured Western Australia from Broome to Perth playing in a Jazz band, after which he joined and performed in a Mariachi style 'wedding band'. As the resident  guitar teacher at limelight, Jim will deliver one on one tuition to his students. also on offer will be Rockschool grades for those who want them,  grades can add up to ucas points and count towards University entrance.

​  Jim is a passionate musician who want others to experience the joy that music has brought him. Through a wealth of performing experience and the skills and techniques he has developed. Jim says "I will mentor students to help them grow as players and create there all important unique sound.'" 

 


 

Paul Birchall

Music Technology, Production, Keyboards

PAUL BIRCHALL B.A. Hons. M.A. with distinction. Pro-Tools expert. Visual Artist .
Paul’s credits as a keyboard player and musical director include world tours with M People, Heather Small, Shaboom, Wang Chung and Cutting Crew.
Recording/ producing and writing credits include, Heather Small, Jim Diamond, Snake Davis. Reaching number one with The Corrs and Bewitched, along with a Grammy nomination whilst collaborating with his longtime friends KKlass. He was a founder member of L.A. based dance label Shaboom led by the legendary producer Mark (Blakkat) Bell. During this period co-writing/ producing with Marshall Jefferson, Felix Da housecat, DJ Sneak, Doc Martin and many more.
2016 saw Paul premier a short version of his first Opera” The Bipolar Messiah” at The University of Central Lancashire as part of their Future Music festival.


He runs his own record label S.A.M. Records, and has released 3albums by his band Combination Head receiving international sales and critical acclaim, the most recent release under his own name being the album “ Frangible” accompanied by a Radio play mapping out the ups and downs of a life in music. . He has also joined forces with the UCLAN label “X-periments in Sound” to release his “Conversing with the Minimoog” a collection of tracks created using only the Minimoog synthesizer.

 

Paul will be performing live at Limelight studios in Lancaster During The Festival in October 2019.

Paul recently released two volumes of piano works through EVC publishing.
Paul was commissioned by Graeme park and Peter Hook to create the 90minute bass/ drum and percussion backdrop for The Hacienda Classics concerts.
He continues to write and create Art in many forms and is looking forward joining the team at Limelight studios Lancaster in September 2019.

Lindsay Garvin

Piano & Accordion

Lindsay studied firstly at Chetham’s School of Music and has since continued her extensive training on both sides of the Atlantic to become a highly qualified and award-winning pianist, performer, teacher, and piano technician.

Lindsay has over 13 years and a wealth of experience in teaching the piano.  She trained as a secondary school music teacher at masters level, with a Post Graduate Diploma in Education in Secondary Music, holds Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and passed with an Ofsted rating of ‘outstanding’.
Lindsay prides herself on her creativity when adopting a range of teaching techniques, dependant on the musical intent, unique ability, and age of each student. Having taught differentiated, whole class lessons in a secondary school, from home as well as peripatetically; lessons are tailored to the individual student’s needs and musical interests.
Her personal experience as a professional musician allows her to further motivate students, by ensuring each lesson and goal has a clear sense of purpose.
She is enthusiastic about students growth and is dedicated to staying abreast of conceptual innovations among educational practitioners, through her dedication to her ongoing studies.

A joy of collaborating with other musicians means Lindsay has gained invaluable industry experience as a pianist and accompanist for international Opera and Musical Theatre productions, festivals, examinations and session work in America and the UK.
Alongside her piano and teaching work, Lindsay has won numerous competitions and certificates on both the accordion and piano, including grade 8 piano (ABRSM), 1st place Senior Solo Piano Recital,  2nd place in the UK National Accordion Championships and a full scholarship at Chetham’s School of Music.

Lindsay enjoys traveling and arranging music for wide range of musical styles and performances, as she worked as a solo pianist or in numerous variations of a duo on either the piano or accordion, alongside: vocals, cello, violin, flute, accordion, guitar or percussion, for French, Italian, Spanish/Latin American, Klezmer, Celtic and Bavarian-themed nights for weddings, corporate events and private functions.

Before committing herself to become a professional piano teacher, Lindsay trained as a piano tuner and technician in Canada. She was selected for a place, as one of fourteen students worldwide, on the Piano Technology program at the Western University of Ontario and qualified as a Certified Piano Technician (CPT). This was the most prestigious and intensive course worldwide, holding testimonies from Steinway and Sons.

Lindsay enjoys a unique career working as both a piano tuner and piano teacher and is dedicated to sharing her passion and knowledge of both the piano and the accordion.