Annabel Kershaw

Annabel.jpgBorn in 1982, Annabel grew up in North Aberdeenshire. In 1999, Annabel attended Douglas Academy Music School where she began her studies in composition and continued studies in piano and cello. Annabel was awarded an entrance scholarship to study composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 2005 and later studying music leadership as a postgraduate.


Annabel felt drawn to working as a musician within the areas of community and education, gaining formative experiences through GSMD CONNECT, with projects including work in East London primary and secondary schools as a music workshop leader and as a composer within the Wigmore Hall's community and outreach department. To deepen her knowledge in working with people through music, Annabel continued her postgraduate studies on the music therapy masters course at Queen Margaret University.


From 2009, Annabel gained a range of professional experience as a music therapist, primarily working with children with communication difficulties and in the context of child and family centres and social work provision. Annabel has worked as a Big Noise musician, specialising in musicianship since 2014.


Tom Ion

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Tom grew up in Alva Clackmannanshire. While studying at Alva Academy he played trumpet in the Hillfoots orchestra and cornet in Clackmannanshire Brass Band. With a love for Jazz he moved to the guitar and was accepted to Sunderland University where he graduated in 2008 with a Bmus(hons) in Jazz Pop and Commercial Music. Over the course of the past ten years Tom has been actively teaching and performing throughout the UK. After four years of teaching with local authorities in the North East of England, Tom moved back to Scotland where for the past 6 years he has been teaching guitar, drum kit and ensemble workshops with North and South Lanarkshire Councils.

Recently Tom returned from a 3 year career break performing as a guitarist for Carnival Cruise Lines. This opportunity seen Tom travel around the world performing with some of the best musicians from other continents.

Currently Tom performs extensively with the Charity Live Music Now and with his own ensembles City Duo, Knox & Ion and ten piece band The Soul Establishment.

Tom is very passionate about music development and excited to join the Big Noise team as a musicianship tutor. He loves sharing musical stories with his students, inspiring them and passing on the knowledge he has acquired.



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