Our Teachers

Screen Shot 2016-05-04 at 12.27.11.pngLorraine Womack-Banning

Head Teacher Lorraine has over 30 years experience of teaching, performing and mentoring; she has ABRSM Diplomas in Teaching and Performance. She is also a Visiting Piano Teacher at Bedford Girls’ School and a Deputy Teacher at London’s Junior Guildhall.

Lorraine is dedicated to promoting the highest standards of piano teaching and playing and has achieved fantastic results with students of all levels, young and old. She has a 100 per cent pass rate for students at exam level and  high percentage of Lorraine’s students achieve Merits and Distinctions in exams and Festivals with many over the years going on to study at Music College/university level. 

Lorraine is also an Adjudicator for the Dulwich Music Festival annual piano competition in South London and a full professional member of and Ambassador for the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) and a full professional member of and Regional Organiser for the European Piano Teachers’ Association (EPTA).

Home Visit Team:

Odette Cotton      

Born in Essex 1988, Odette began recorder with Sue Podbury and piano lessons with Monica Kingsnorth from age 5. In 1998 Odette began her studies at The Purcell School for Young Musicians under the tuition of Roshan Magub and Barbara Law. A year later Odette began oboe lessons with Melanie Raggeand soon discovered a passion for orchestral playing and chamber music. 

After achieving BmusHons at The Royal Academy of Music (studying the oboe with Celia Nicklin, Cor Anglais with Jill Crowther and piano with Graeme Humphrey) and a MA at The Guildhall School of Music (studying the oboe primarily with Alison Teale) Odette spent 2012 working with the Southbank Sinfonia.

Odette works as both an accompanist around the country, as well as an orchestral player. She is fortunate enough to work with orchestras such as the Philharmonia, BBC Concert Orchestra and RPO as well as playing in the pit for various Musicals on tour.

Odette enjoys balancing her performing with work as a Ballet class accompanist, teacher and part time residential staff in children’s homes

Ellie Jaggers

Born and raised in Bedfordshire, Ellie has been an active member of the local music scene for most of her life.  She is both a teacher and an active musician, performing with a wide variety of ensembles and bands.  She has a degree in music from Durham University and an MA in Composition for film and television from Kingston University.  Ellie set up her first teaching practice in Southampton in 2002, whilst working for a South Asian Arts Organization, teaching both Violin and Piano.  

Following a move back to the county in 2004, she has taught for Bedfordshire Music and, subsequently ‘Inspiring Music’ in a variety of roles and has championed the teaching of Keyboard as an instrument in its own right.  Ellie describes the Piano as her ‘obsession’ and loves passing her passion for the instrument along to her students!