Meet the Musicians

Abigail Brierley

Brass Tutor

Abigail began playing brass at the age of six in her local brass band in Lancashire. She eventually came to Newcastle to study music at Newcastle University and spent one of those years studying abroad in Hong Kong. Abigail began working for In Harmony in 2018 and also teaches privately, in schools and for music centres in and around Newcastle. When not teaching Abigail is involved in numerous different projects around Newcastle in which she writes, records and performs music on the trumpet. She enjoys playing a wide range of genres and settings which include musicals, session musician work and jazz. She will usually say yes to playing anything!


Katrina Buzzard

Cello Tutor

Born in the North East, Katrina completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies in clarinet at Newcastle University, and has since established a busy teaching and performing career in the region. Aside from her instrumental teaching, she has also founded a number of ensembles for young musicians in Newcastle and North Tyneside.

Katrina has been working with In Harmony since the project began in 2012. At Bridgewater School, she currently works with the Year 3 Woodwind Ensemble and Year 2 ensembles, as well as working with Reception and after school groups.


Clare Crinson

Flute Tutor

Clare is the flute tutor for In Harmony as well as teaching the flute to students of all ages throughout the region-including undergraduates in Durham University’s Music Department. She is also the Director of Instrumental Music at The Chorister School, Durham and helps run Durham Cathedral’s Outreach Choir programme. She performs regularly as a freelance flautist and choral singer.


Charlotte Kennedy

Ensemble Leader

Charlotte grew up in Northumberland and began learning the violin at school before joining Sage Gateshead’s Centre for Advanced Training. From a young age, she knew she wanted a career in which she could help others enrich their lives through music, so she went on to study music at the University of Durham. Since graduating with First Class Honours in 2015, she has enjoyed a varied career as a musical educator and performer, and joined the In Harmony team in 2018.


Jo Montgomery

Violin Tutor

Northumberland born, Jo Montgomery started playing the violin at the age of 4 and studied at Chetham’s School of Music from the age of 13. She went on to study in London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she performed in string quartets and on West End shows whilst still a student.

Jo has a varied musical life combining teaching with string quartet playing and orchestral work, having performed and recorded with the BBC Philharmonic, Ulster Orchestra and Royal Northern Sinfonia. She has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company touring company playing an on stage role in the Taming of the Shrew.

Jo has been teaching at In Harmony for the past 6 years, highlights have been…. team teaching with Andrew Lloyd Webber, taking the children to perform at the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool and working with the reception children, who are so fabulous.


Peter Richardson

Cello Tutor

Born in Corbridge, Peter began Cello lessons aged 8 at his local school in Ashington. He studied under Alexander Baillie at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow.

He enjoys a varied career performing and recording all sorts of music on the Cello and Electric Guitar. He especially enjoys arranging music for the many ensembles he directs as well as conducting Youth Orchestras. His favourite band is Radiohead and adores the composers Shostakovich, J.S.Bach, Thomas Newman and Debussy.

As well as enjoying teaching at for In Harmony, Peter teaches at The Royal Grammar School and Kings Priory, Tynemouth. He is a keen Mountain Biker, loves renovating property and has two Cocker Spaniels called Milly and Maya.


Hannah Tattersfield

Viola Tutor

After growing up near Sheffield, Hannah studied music in Newcastle and then travelled to Sweden to train to be an orchestral violinist at the Swedish National Orchestral Academy. She loved living in Sweden but was happy to move back to Newcastle, where it’s much warmer! Hannah started working for the In Harmony programme in 2017 and also teaches at Sage Gateshead and in other schools and music centres in the area. She performs regularly as a freelance violinist and violist, and likes to play music from lots of different genres including classical music, Scandinavian folk music and British folk music.


Imogen Bose-Ward

Viola /Violin Tutor

A graduate of Newcastle University’s Folk and Traditional music degree, Imogen has been teaching since the age of 14 when she set up a local violin school. Since then, she has taught at schools, music centres and summer schools in Scotland and England. As well as teaching and composing, Imogen has gigged across the UK and in Europe in her different band outfits.

At Sage Gateshead, Imogen teaches on the Folkworks courses, the Foundation and Step Up Strings Programme and is part of the Early Years team. She also teaches in several schools across North Tyneside.


Chrissie Slater

Violin/Viola Tutor

Chrissie grew up in Belfast and studied viola at the RNCM, graduating in 1999. After freelancing for a year with many of the country’s leading orchestras, Chrissie took up a post with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales lasting 6 years, before relocating to the North East.

She now plays regularly with Royal Northern Sinfonia (RNS) on a freelance basis and with various chamber groups, including Trio Northumbria.