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Department Staff

Director of Music:

Mr P Robinson

Philip Robinson was born in Lancashire and was educated at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester. He then studied French horn at the Royal Northern College of Music and the University of Manchester. He began his teaching career as Head of Music at Avondale High School (now Stockport Academy) before moving to become Assistant Director of Music at Stockport Grammar School in 2004. He was then appointed as Director of Music at The King’s School, Chester in 2009 before taking up his current role at Birkenhead School in 2013. In addition to his various teaching positions he was, until 2012, Principal Conductor of the Warrington Youth Orchestra, and until 2009 was Musical Director of the Stockport Youth Wind Orchestra and Manchester University Wind Orchestra. He is also a Past Chairman of the British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles (BASBWE). He lives in Wirral with his wife and two young sons.

Assistant Teacher of Academic Music:

Mrs G Coleman

Grace Coleman graduated from the Birmingham Conservatoire in 1998 with a First Class BMus Hons degree and went on to gain a Diploma in Professional Studies in recorder performance. In 2004 she graduated from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where she had studied recorder performance and Historical Performance Practice. Between 2004 and 2010, Grace taught recorder and gave performance practice workshops at the Birmingham Conservatoire. She is sought after as a guest tutor on various residential and day courses including the Early Music Forums and gives advanced recorder workshops and private music tuition on the Wirral. Grace currently directs the Wirral Recorder Orchestra. Grace has performed as a soloist in the UK and is a member of Polyphonica Recorder Trio. Formed in 2006, the Trio has a blossoming international presence having performed in the Netherlands and a number of times in France and Germany. Their debut album was released in 2010 and they are currently recording their second album.

Prep Music Coordinator:

Mrs S Keating

Sue Keating studied Music at Durham University and has been responsible for Music in Junior Prep since 2000.  She has taught in both private and state schools as a class teacher and a music specialist. She plays the violin and the piano but her true passion is singing. Singing is so beneficial to many aspects of all our lives and she is always looking for ways to inspire children to enjoy singing.  She teaches Music and Singing to all pupils in Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 and leads the weekly Hymn Practice. She also directs the Prep Orchestra and Prep Choirs and is Musical Director for the annual Year 6 End of Year Production.

Little School Music Teacher: 

Mr R Shannon 

Robert Shannon has been an active musician since the tender age of four, having begun instrumental lessons and vocal tuition shortly after this. He is a classically trained pianist, with over twenty-six years of playing, and a trained vocalist, and choirmaster. Robert plays a plethora of additional instruments including; guitar, ukulele, bass guitar, drums, percussion (tuned and untuned) and is in the process of learning the mandolin. He graduated from The University of Chester, in 2012, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Popular Music Performance, majoring in Musical Theatre. Having worked in a number of different fields and positions since the age of sixteen, including Engineering and Retail, Robert moved to North London in 2016 to begin his PGCE, graduating from this with an Outstanding rating. He then spent another two and half years in this school, as a Music Coordinator, and Science and ICT Subject Lead, before returning to the Wirral in December to start in his post with Birkenhead School. In addition to his role with the school, Robert is a Director of Music for St Hildeburgh's Church in Hoylake, and is a gigging musician with local bands and acts. He lives on the Wirral with his wife, and  son. 

Music Department Administrator:

Mr J Barton

Visiting Music Tutors

Pianoforte: Mr J Barton
Miss S Bell
Mrs S Howard
Mrs M Dennerly
Mr G Eccles
Organ: Mr G Eccles
Flute: Mrs C Sousa
Oboe & Bassoon: Mr L Stephens
Clarinet: Mrs R Thomas
Saxophone: Mr S Fazakerley
Brass: Miss J Baker
Violin & Viola: Mr M Glossop
Mrs S Long
Violoncello: Mrs M Dennerly
Guitar: Mr N Gaskell
Percussion: Mr A Jennings
Voice: Mr N Hardy
Mrs E Petrenko
Music Theory: Mr J Barton
Mrs I Nolan

Ensemble Directors

Big Band: Mr A Davies
Concert Band: Mr A Davies
Orchestra: Mrs G Coleman
String Ensembles: Mr M Glossop & Mrs G Coleman
Brass Ensemble: Miss J Baker
Woodwind Ensembles: Mr A Davies & Mrs R Thomas
Recorder Ensemble: Mrs G Coleman
Renaissance Band: Mrs G Coleman
Folk Band: Mr M Turner
Prep Orchestra: Mrs S Keating
Prep Choir: Mrs S Keating
Senior Choir: Mrs G Coleman
Chapel Choir: Mr P Robinson
Chamber Choir: Mr P Robinson