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Meet the Degree Academic Team

Meet the Degree Academic Team, in partnership with University of Sunderland.

Biographies

Dr. Dave Camlin BA (Hons), PGCE, DProf. – Head of Higher Education & Research

Head of Higher Education & Research Module Leader: Ensemble Leadership, Professional Studies, Performance Project, Dissertation, Complementary StudiesModule Tutor: Ensemble MusicianshipWebsite: www.davecamlin.co.uk The HE & Research team is l... Read more

Head of Higher Education & Research

Module Leader: Ensemble Leadership, Professional Studies, Performance Project, Dissertation, Complementary Studies
Module Tutor: Ensemble Musicianship
Website: www.davecamlin.co.uk

The HE & Research team is led by Dave Camlin, a musician whose professional portfolio includes performance, composition, teaching, organisational development, management and research. He’s performed all over the world as a singer / song-writer and with a variety of bands, including Mouthful, The Coast Road, Human Music, Tryckster and Altar Native. The founding Creative Director of Cumbrian music organisation SoundWave from 2005-10, he was also one of the organisers of Solfest music festival from 2002-2015.

He completed his Professional Doctorate (DProf) in 2015, using Action research to investigate the situation of undergraduate learning within Sage Gateshead’s artistic programme, revealing an ‘integrative’ model of ‘music in three dimensions’ which emphasises the inter-dependence between three dimensions of music’s power: the aesthetic (presentational), the praxial (participatory), and the transformational (social). With a growing international profile for his academic work, he teaches across both programmes in subjects such as song writing, vocal arranging and leading, ensemble leadership, performance development, professional studies, research / study skills and academic development.

Research Interests

  • ‘Integrative’ philosophies of music;
  • Career creativities of a ‘portfolio’ musician;
  • Community Music;
  • Interpersonal resonance in group singing;
  • Integrative research methodologies inc. (Participatory) Action Research in Arts and Culture

Key Publications:
Camlin, D.A. (In press). Becoming a Community Musician: a situated approach to curriculum, content, and assessment. In: Oxford Handbook of Community Music. Oxford: OUP Oxford.
Camlin, D.A. (2016a). Libraries Gave Us Power. Keynote speech at 14 November 2016, International Centre for Community Music student research conference
Camlin, D.A. (2016b). Music In Three Dimensions. Doctoral Thesis. Sunderland: University of Sunderland.
Camlin, D.A. (2015a). This is My Truth, Tell Me Yours: emphasising dialogue within Participatory Music. International Journal of Community Music. 8 (3). p.pp. 233–257.
Camlin, D.A. (2016c). Whatever You Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. In: Community Music Activity commission. July 2016, Edinburgh: ISME.
Camlin, D.A. (2015b). Whose Quality Is it Anyway? Journal of Arts and Communities. [Online]. (ArtWorks Special Edition). Available from: http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-issue,id=2917

Dr Paul Edis - PhD, MA, BMus – Programme Leader: BMus (Hons) Jazz, Popular and Commercial Music Degree

Composition, Harmony and Arranging, Keyboard and Aural Described as ‘a brilliant young pianist’ (Alyn Shipton, The Guardian) Paul Edis is a performer, composer, educator and promoter based in the North East England. From an early age Paul ... Read more

Composition, Harmony and Arranging, Keyboard and Aural

Described as ‘a brilliant young pianist’ (Alyn Shipton, The Guardian) Paul Edis is a performer, composer, educator and promoter based in the North East England.

From an early age Paul was composing and performing regularly, forming his own bands and promoting concerts. After receiving a scholarship to study composition at the London College of Music, Paul quickly became an integral part of the Jazz department and began performing regularly in London.

He moved back to the North East after completing his degree and began studying for an MA and then PhD in Composition at the University of York. At the same time, he began to work regularly in the area, performing with the Voice of the North Jazz Orchestra and backing touring soloists (including John Faddis, Julien Siegel, Alan Barnes, Tony Kofi amongst others). He established a regular jazz night at the Side Café in Newcastle (which later inspired the regular Splinter at the Bridge sessions) and formed his own trio and then sextet.

His sextet released their debut album There Will Be Time in 2012 to critical acclaim (critic Alyn Shipton voted it his 3rd favourite release that year behind Courtney Pine and Brad Mehldau!). He has since released two solo albums and a second Sextet CD. Reviewing Paul’s recent solo CD Just Like Me critic Brian Morton described Paul as ‘a significant new voice in British Jazz’. His music has been performed on the radio in the UK, in Europe and in the US. In 2014 his sextet toured the UK, including dates at the Sage, Vortex, Manchester and Lancaster jazz festivals.

Paul also works as an Educator, and has recently been appointed course leader of the BMus Jazz, Popular and Commercial Music degree at the Sage, Gateshead. He regularly gives workshops, talks and masterclasses for musicians of all ages.

He promotes successful jazz concert series in Durham and Newcastle, and in 2016 he directed the first ever Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Paul regularly receives commissions for new music. In 2016 Ushaw College commissioned Paul to compose a 45-minute work to celebrate the feast of St. Cuthbert. This new work comprised elements of jazz, folk and contemporary classical music. A studio recording of the suite will be released in 2017 in addition to a new duo CD with Vasilis Xenopoulos due for release in Autumn 2016.

www.pauledis.co.uk

Ian Paterson – BMus (Hons) Jazz, Popular and Commercial Music Degree Lecturer

Critical Studies, Professional Studies, Instrumental Tuition Glastonbury (2011), recording for a recent IKEA TV advert (2013), a live session for Clive Anderson on Radio 4’s ‘Loose ends’ (2011) and European tours with both Harry Bird and the Rub... Read more

Critical Studies, Professional Studies, Instrumental Tuition

Glastonbury (2011), recording for a recent IKEA TV advert (2013), a live session for Clive Anderson on Radio 4’s ‘Loose ends’ (2011) and European tours with both Harry Bird and the Rubber Welllies (2014 & 2015) and the ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ theatre show (2012).

Adam Sinclair – BMus (Hons) Jazz, Popular and Commercial Music Degree Lecturer

Music Technology and Production Since graduating with a first class music degree Adam has gained a reputation as a versatile drummer equally comfortable playing intimate jazz gigs and large European rock festivals. His career so far has seen him perf... Read more

Music Technology and Production

Since graduating with a first class music degree Adam has gained a reputation as a versatile drummer equally comfortable playing intimate jazz gigs and large European rock festivals.

His career so far has seen him perform and record with a range of artists such as Toni Kofi, Nitin Sawhney, The Unthanks, Sharks Took The Rest and Therapy at some of the world’s best venues and festivals. Adam is also an increasingly in demand Producer and recording engineer having recorded, produced and mixed a growing list critically acclaimed releases.

Paul Susans – BA (Hons) Community Music Lecturer

Originally from Ashby-de-la Zouch Leicestershire, Paul first took up Bass 20 years ago. Tutored by Andy Lewis, Dave Sturt and Neil Harland, Paul has built a glowing reputation as a performer and educator. Paul is an integral part of Newcastle’s... Read more

Originally from Ashby-de-la Zouch Leicestershire, Paul first took up Bass 20 years ago. Tutored by Andy Lewis, Dave Sturt and Neil Harland, Paul has built a glowing reputation as a performer and educator.

Paul is an integral part of Newcastle’s own wandering minstrels the Baghdaddies as well as being musicianship tutor on the Sage Gateshead’s B.A. (hons) Community Music degree. Over the years Paul has also been privileged to work with; the Mark Williams trio, Keith Morris, Ruth Lambert, Nitin Sawhney, Lewis Watson and Zoe Gilby.

Ruth Lambert

Ruth Lambert is a talented and versatile jazz singer based in the north east of England who has established herself in recent years as one of the UK’s most classy and distinctive jazz vocalists. Balancing a voice of warmth and maturity with spark an... Read more

Ruth Lambert is a talented and versatile jazz singer based in the north east of England who has established herself in recent years as one of the UK’s most classy and distinctive jazz vocalists.

Balancing a voice of warmth and maturity with spark and charisma she brings a fresh interpretation with a charismatic delivery to well loved classics such as those penned by Cole Porter and Harold Arlen.

She has performed in a wide variety of settings, from large concert halls and international jazz festivals to intimate jazz clubs.  Equally at home in front of a big band as she is here with her trio, her ever-expanding repertoire includes over 200 jazz standards. She cites her main influences as Julie London, Anita O’Day, Carmen McRae and Chet Baker.

Sue Ferris

Since graduating from Newcastle College with a degree in Jazz, Sue Ferris has lived and worked in the North East for over 25 years. A consummate and well respected performer in a number of styles, her playing has moved variously between Jive, Pop, Cl... Read more

Since graduating from Newcastle College with a degree in Jazz, Sue Ferris has lived and worked in the North East for over 25 years.

A consummate and well respected performer in a number of styles, her playing has moved variously between Jive, Pop, Classical, Blues, Big Band and Theatre, but it is playing in small jazz combos like this trio today that she takes the greatest pleasure. 

Sue manages to juggle a hectic performance and teaching schedule around bringing up her three daughters in Durham.

Neil Harland – Bass Guitar

Based in the North East of England, Neil plays in a wide range of styles and has toured both in the UK and Europe. Also works as a session musician recording for artists including: Revolver, Joe Cocker, Katherine Jenkins, Reno and more besides. He has... Read more

Based in the North East of England, Neil plays in a wide range of styles and has toured both in the UK and Europe. Also works as a session musician recording for artists including: Revolver, Joe Cocker, Katherine Jenkins, Reno and more besides. He has recorded four albums and a live DVD with acclaimed blues/folk slide guitarist Johnny Dickinson.

He has played on sessions for radio and TV and has performed at UK music festivals including, ‘T in the Park’ and ‘The V Festival’ and TV shows including ‘Later with Jools Holland’ and ‘Top of the Pops’.

He has worked in Germany opening on tours for Gary Moore, The Hooters and Saga. He performed on the Rockpalast TV show in Bonn and as a tutor/performer at the Rock Legends Adventure in Cologne.

Neil also plays double bass and can be heard on cds by Katherine Jenkins , The Chris Stout Quintet, Chris Stout Brazilian Theory, Rachel Unthank and The Winterset, The Unthanks, Free Spirits (Indo-Jazz).

Roger Hempsall – Dip.Mus.

As a professional drummer, Roger has worked with music ‘legends’ such as Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Eartha Kitt and Matt Munro, Cleo Laine and Kiki Dee, among many others. He has also worked with major jazz artists, such as Barbara Thompson, Peter Ki... Read more

As a professional drummer, Roger has worked with music ‘legends’ such as Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Eartha Kitt and Matt Munro, Cleo Laine and Kiki Dee, among many others.

He has also worked with major jazz artists, such as Barbara Thompson, Peter King and Digby Fairweather. Since 1998 he has been a member of the North East-based jazz trio The Bicycle Thieves. Roger has many years of experience as a specialist drum and percussion tutor, being a founding member of the BMus degree team and Percussion Studies Leader at the Centre of Advanced Training.

He has also delivered workshops and masterclasses at Northumbria and Sunderland universities. Over the years he has taught many of the country’s brightest percussion stars, including the jazz drummers Cheryl Alleyne (who has worked with US3 and Courtney Pine) and Seb Rochford (acclaimed as one of the most exciting new talents in jazz).

His publications include Jazz Drums 1 and Jazz Drums 2 (International Music Publishers), an analysis of the playing styles of the great jazz percussionists from Baby Dodds to Steve Gadd. For many years he wrote an influential column on rhythm for Keyboard Player magazine.

Graham Hardy

After graduating and being awarded the ‘Fred & Ethel Thompson Award for Brass’ from Leeds College of Music, Graham has established himself as a highly versatile musician based in the North East. At home in a diverse range of styles, h... Read more

After graduating and being awarded the ‘Fred & Ethel Thompson Award for Brass’ from Leeds College of Music, Graham has established himself as a highly versatile musician based in the North East.

At home in a diverse range of styles, he had played/recorded with Kathryn Williams, Tim Garland’s Northern Underground Orchestra, Jimmy Nail, The Unthanks, Tony Faulkner Jazz Orch, The Drifters, Pat Thomas & Mark Sanders, blues legend Johnny Dickinson, Matinee Orch and as an original member of Voice Of The North Jazz Orch, has worked with Bob Mintzer, Andy Sheppard, Mark Nightingale and Henry Lowther among others.

Graham also runs his own bands, including the most excellent Northern Monkey Brass Band (www.northernmonkeybrassband.com), an 8 piece New Orleans brass band. He is also active in education, directing and composing for various youth jazz ensemble in the region.

Giles Strong

Giles began his musical life playing blues guitar and New Orleans style banjo.  He decided to make music his career after becoming a finalist in the 1992 BBC young traditional musician of the year competition.   Following this he toured the UK and... Read more

Giles began his musical life playing blues guitar and New Orleans style banjo.  He decided to make music his career after becoming a finalist in the 1992 BBC young traditional musician of the year competition.  

Following this he toured the UK and Europe with Brian Carrick’s ‘Heritage Hall Stompers’ and performed as a soloist supporting such artists as Kelly Joe Phelps and Catfish Keith. 

Since then he has focused on mainstream jazz guitar, performing with small-setting jazz groups led by jazz artists Ruth Lambert and Graham Hardy. In 2010, he joined Djangologie and has played concert venues throughout the North. As well as this, he enjoys playing classical guitar, which he has studied to diploma level.  
In addition, Giles is highly active as a music educator working in the North East as a specialist in the full range of guitar styles and techniques

Andy Champion

Andy Champion graduated from Newcastle College in 1998, initially working throughout the UK and Europe as a electric bassist and drummer in various styles of music. But after taking up double bass in 2003 he became more heavily involved in the North ... Read more

Andy Champion graduated from Newcastle College in 1998, initially working throughout the UK and Europe as a electric bassist and drummer in various styles of music.

But after taking up double bass in 2003 he became more heavily involved in the North East jazz and improvised music scene, rapidly building a reputation that has led to recording and performing with top names such as Bob Mintzer, Tim Garland, Jason Yarde and Andy Sheppard. As an improviser he has played alongside major international figures including Marc Ducret, Marilyn Crispell, Matt Maneri and Eugene Chadbourne.

In addition to touring extensively across the UK with ACV, he also performs with Chris Sharkey’s Shiver, Anglo-French improvising quartet Sonsale and with jazz vocalist Zoë Gilby. In 2013 he was awarded a place on Serious’ ‘Take Five’ development scheme for outstanding young musicians.