Karen and Gloria are the senior youth workers at Colville House. They know everyone, everyone knows them and between them they take care of us all.
The Rock Up Team
My musical history spans back my whole life. I started playing drums when I was three, then picked up the guitar at 13. Since then I have learned and regularly play nine different instruments; the guitar, bass, piano, sitar, mbira, glockenspiel/xylophone, tabla and drums. My favourite is the piano.
I studied Music at City College at BTEC National Diploma level but have always studied independently, achieving a Grade 8 standard on guitar, bass, drums and with general music theory, which includes classical orchestration.
I have been gigging regularly since I was 16 with many different bands playing many different styles. Currently I play in seven bands, one of which plays my original, experimental compositions, whilst two others play jazz and swing standards. And I’m part of a blues quartet, a classical/jazz fusion trio, a free improvisation quartet and a goth/metal band. Then, on top of this, I regularly gig as a solo guitarist.
Outside of playing with bands I also regularly teach guitar, work in the local music shop (Take Note Music Company) and also work at the local rehearsal studios (Cafe Studios).
My first run-in with community music was organising a music day at my son’s middle school – it poured with rain, the sheet music blew away and the sound system kept breaking down, but apart from that it was magnificent.
Since then I’ve been involved in numerous music projects, from creating sea shanties with people with dementia, to working in nurture groups in primary schools, Pupil Referral Units and with young people educated other than at school.
Projects like Rock Up are endlessly surprising and rewarding. I always feel like I’ve learnt far more from the young people than they could ever learn from me – although I doubt that even they could persuade me that dubstep in preferable to 8-count lindy hop.
Sophie Tott is a DJ, producer, singer, and creative entrepreneur.
Her DJ & production career spans over 20 years, with work featuring on Channel 4, Sky TV, Radio 1 Dubai. Her clients have included royalty, celebrities and luxury brands such as Cacharel, Lignet Roset, Selfridge, and Stella McCartney and she has played extensively across the globe from London to Ibiza and India, Jordan, Italy, and Switzerland and many more.
She has a passion for passing on her DJ knowledge and skills, with workshops to inspire creativity, fun and a sense of accomplishment.
I’ve been a gigging musician since I was 15 years old but I first started teaching as a freelance tutor with the Amplifier Project 12 years ago. Two years into the project in 2006 my partner and I, Bryan Hall, founded our own Community Interest Company, Waveney Amplifier CIC, delivering weekly songwriting and performance workshops from which we also quickly expanded into local schools, both primary and secondary. I have taught guitar, piano and vocals as a one-to-one tutor, as well as being employed and involved in numerous Suffolk-wide arts projects teaching music in many different settings with young people ranging in age from 3 to 25.
My current portfolio consists of five primary schools, three high schools and two independent arts evening classes per week, as well as 15 private students.
I would suggest I have been a competent musician since 1995 but only developed an interest for tutoring in 2004 when I began working on as a tutor on the Amplifier Project. I began private tuition in 2005.
I am a co-director with Matt of Waveney Amplifier CIC which took over the running of the Amplifier Project in 2006. Alongside my musical work, I used to be a pyrotechnician and have had the pleasure of working with various acts such as the Kings Of Leon, My Chemical Romance & The Kaiser Chiefs.
I gave up all the glamour in 2014 to work full time as a music specialist in Red Oak Primary School, Lowestoft. I enjoy working as a music tutor on projects like Rock Up because being able to influence young people to engage, commit and express themselves through the music they love is euphoric.