Wolverhampton Grammar Junior School
I teach drum kit and percussion to students across the junior and senior schools as well as helping out with ensembles and running Rock Club.
I am particularly interested in developing my students all round musicianship skills as well as getting them through their grades. I like to work on aural skills through transcribing parts from recordings and thinking about a drummer’s role in an ensemble. I have a personal passion for world music and love teaching my students about rhythms from around the globe.
Lydia took up the drums at age 8 in her home county of Shropshire. At the age of 18 she moved to Birmingham to study a jazz degree at Birmingham Conservatoire under the guidance of first Study tutors Jeff Williams, the late Tony Levin, Paul Clarvis and Andrew Bain. She graduated in 2010 and now splits her time between teaching and playing.
She has played in many different contexts- from orchestras, big bands, rock bands, klezmer groups and latin bands to jazz laptop ensembles and experimental folk groups. Currently Lydia primarily performs in Birmingham Based Folk/Rock outfit ‘Boat to Row’ but can also been seen leading her own jazz quartet and playing as a sidewoman with many different acts. Over the years she has enjoyed playing with John Southworth, Gren Bartley the TG Collective, Kate Doubleday, The Bonfire Radicals, Ben Thomas, Steve Tromans, Macamu and many others…
She has been fortunate to be able to tour across the uk and Europe on numerous occasions and has played at many Major UK festivals like Glastonbury and Cambridge Folk. She has also performed live on BBC 6 Music, BBC WM, BBC Radio Shropshire and Radio Bremen (Germany). Albums she has played on have been used on the BBC’s Countryfile and The One Show.
Lydia currently teaches at Adams Grammar School, Birmingham Conservatoire as well as at WGS.
“The students make the school a place to enjoy teaching and the staff make the music department so special. It is a rare thing to work with so many talented musicians with such a wealth of teaching and performing experience.”
As well as playing music Lydia lives with her husbnad in Birmingham and enjoys climbing and gardening.