Mark Ball is a self taught musician who has performed internationally and nationally as a session player, composer, accompanist and dance pianist. Mark works with schools, dance companies, theatre groups, singers and numerous instrumental ensembles. Presently he teaches privately, gives workshops and plays piano for contemporary dance and ballet at the London School of Contemporary Dance and the affiliated Centre of Advanced Training (the CAT).
Every Tuesday night he plays contemporary jazz with his band “Trio Kahout” (up at the Cambria pub in Loughborough Junction, SE5 9AR 8 -10.30pm).
At the age of 13 Peter asked his dad if he could buy a snare drum, and his dad was not keen and said it would be a five minute wonder! Here we are numerous years later and he is still playing, has traveled all over the world with his drum stix playing with different bands and styles of music. Peter’s professional career started at the age of 17 with P&O on the Arcadia, then he played for many years on the QE2 backing famous name artists that came on board. He also had professional drum tuition in New York. He toured with Roy Orbison and The Pasadena Roof Orchestra.
Peter has been running his own band Tuxedo Class for over 25 years playing for weddings corporate events and private parties. Peter has played for Magpie Dance for the last five years and loves the energy that drums create for the participants. Peter’s hobbies are sailing a Laser 2000 dingy and he is also a volunteer for the RYA salability scheme which teaches people with disabilities to sail.
Dave is very experienced musician who has worked for many companies, artists and bands within a wide musical field. He has performed as a pianist, keyboards player, vocalist and musical director, and worked as an arranger and composer, most noticably for five years during his position of musical director with the famous American band, ‘The Drifters’.
Dave has been working for Magpie Dance for the last fourteen years in Bromley, Orpington and Greenwich and still very much enjoys the collaboration with all concerned. He also previously worked for nine years as a part time instrumental and music teacher, music tutor and lecturer for ‘Access to Music’ at Bromley College, Riverston School in SE London and Barking and Dagenham college of Performing Arts. More recently he has been teaching for EcaM (Every Child a Musician) in primary and secondary schools in Newham, and will be working for the Chobham Academy in Stratford from September. Dave also has some knowledge of tenor and alto saxophone, flute, clarinet and guitar, all of which he enjoys playing.
Simon’s experiences in music over the past decade have made him a versatile musician having performed in a wide variety of styles, such as theatre work, Big Bands, Small group Jazz, Rock/fusion, functions and original music. Simon has also gained a vast experience of recording from free jazz for film soundtracks, to singles for pop/rock bands. Some of Simon’s most recent work includes being M.D for the Pantomime at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley, The Boogie Knights and his own project CoverCon.
Simon’s education includes studying at Canterbury Christ Church University (BMus) as well as the Guildhall School Of Music and Drama (Mmus). Here he studied drums under Trevor Tomkins, Ralph Salmins and Andrew Bain.
Simon has worked for Magpie Dance over the past two years including performing for two groups in the 30th Anniversary show.
bobby has been playing drums and percussion for over 40 years, specializing in e-drumming and technology since the mid 1980’s. He has been at the forefront of playing dance music in many different bands both in his original hometown of Toronto and now here in London. He has many years of experience gigging and touring with various bands as well as studio recording. He plays at Trinity Laban for their undergraduate program, for Adult open classes at The Place (as well as their CAT and CYD programs for young dancers) and for Magpie Dance. He was commissioned to compose the music for The Place’s end of year CYD dance performances called “Without Compromise” in 2015, which was comprised of 10 different classes and dance companies of young people from 5-18 years old. Using a Roland Octapad and an iPad, he brings a musical palette combining all different kinds of world music, modern club music and classical instruments to create textures and grooves that can’t help but make the classes move to the beat, or, to relax to the smooth ambient sounds.