Omar Khokher is our brass instrument teacher in addition to being Subject Leader for Music and Performing Arts at Severn Vale School. He has taught all brass instruments since 1996 and has also coached brass groups and orchestra sectional rehearsals and directed the Colwell Arts Jazz Ensemble.
Peter Martin is a classroom and instrumental teacher (Guitar / Double Bass / Bass Guitar) at Severn Vale School as well as being the School’s Instrumental Coordinator. He also has various musical roles (outside of SVS) as a professional musician and educator in Gloucestershire.
After graduating from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (B.Mus Hons.), Peter went freelance as a musician while instrumental teaching for Gloucestershire Music [G.M.] (from 2002 – 2004). Within this two year period he also performed with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra, while doing Indie-style gigs in London.
Peter’s focus soon developed to the PGCE teacher training and he has been a qualified secondary school classroom teacher since 2005 as well as continuing his freelance teaching, tutoring and performing with various jazz, funk and function bands. As a busy musician notable performances have included performing with Lilian Boute (the current Ambassador of New Orleans), a number of large number highly prestigious performances, lots of musical productions (including tours), performing for the Royal British Legion in Azerbaijan as well as performing for British Royalty. Co-producing and recording a single of “I have a dream” with Steve Simms for the local Sands charity in 2010 was also a highlight for Peter, reaching #34 in the iTunes downloads chart.
As a freelance educator, Peter has been a tutor on various other jazz / rock courses as well as the lead tutor on the first Cheltenham Rock school course (Beyond Eternity Promotions 2007). He had significant involvement tutoring on the Gloucester Academy of Music’s summer jazz course since 2002 and directed the course from 2004 – 2013.
Peter has also directed the Gloucestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra (GYJO) for G.M. since September 2006 and been part of developing the local jazz centre “Gloucestershire Jazz Live” (GJL), who received a diploma of merit from the Will Michael Jazz Education awards in 2009. Peter was appointed the Director of GJL (now catering for one adult and two youth county jazz groups) for G.M. in September 2015, who have since received a diploma of “outstanding commitment to jazz education” three times from the Will Michael Jazz Education awards.
Steve Browning (Guitar teacher)
Steve started playing the guitar at the age of thirteen, although his first instrument was the euphonium, and was soon playing with the Gloucestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra while at school.
Steve attended the City of Leeds College of Music from 1989 to 1992 gaining a Graduate Diploma in Jazz and Contemporary Music (1st Class) and he was awarded the college jazz guitar prize in 1992. In 1993 he also gained a PGCE teaching qualification from Bretton Hall College of Education, Wakefield.
As a freelance guitarist Steve has worked in a variety of musical settings including playing in theatre productions at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds and the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon. He has also played at major festivals such as Glastonbury and Womad plus he has toured in Europe with various bands. Currently Steve leads his own blues based band and continues to play jazz guitar gigs.
From 1999 to 2013 Steve worked for the Gloucestershire Music Service as a peripatetic guitar teacher. As well as teaching at Severn Vale School he currently teaches the guitar at Balcarras School, Cheltenham.