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Meet our Welfare Team

We consider our welfare team to be the best!!   All are musicians and were students on the courses in their younger days.   They know the ingredients that make our courses a success for all ages.

Alex Hale

Alex Hale

Alex first came to Beauchamp aged 13 to play the trumpet and has been almost too jazzy ever since.   He went to Reading University to study Biochemistry and now tests poo for a living.   He likes elderflower cordial and his slippers.'






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Rachel Attwood

Rachel Attwood

I started playing violin at 6 and clarinet at 8, but it wasnít until the age of 14 that I attended a GAM Course, Singing Weekend for two years and so far 4 years of senior orchestra, fitting in as many chamber groups and sectionals as physically possible.

Keeping up the multitasking, Iím hoping to study Engineering at Cambridge from October, while still squeezing in as much music as I can.   I made a controversial decision to drop music post GCSE, horrifying my teachers, and chose maths, further maths and physics instead (!!) but I still find myself in the music department a lot in the orchestra, string group and two choirs!   Iíve also been in Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra for two years.

Finally, despite being over 18, I still go to Rainbows every week with 5 to 7 year old girls.   (Iím meant to be a leader but many say I have the same mental age!)

Iím looking forward to be part of the summer welfare team this year.

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Jenny Shrimpton

Jenny Shrimpton

Jenny never actually attended a GAM summer course in her youth (booo... hissss) - she was probably too busy pretending to be a dinosaur somewhere, however her love of the courses has blossomed in her time working as welfare and she feels she has had a deprived childhood by missing out on the courses as a youngster!   Jenny studied music at The University of Manchester where she did lots of singing, classically and jazzily, and played the odd bit of cello here and there, interspersed with being a dinosaur.   On Fridays she teaches music theory to young choristers in Manchester.

Jenny prides herself on her ability to make the perfect cup of cocoa.   She is also a keen sportswoman with a love of everything balmy.   Her nickname for a time in school was 'Terry' short for 'Pterodactyl' as she was often caught making screeching dinosaur noises.   She is more than happy to make a fool of herself for the entertainment of others and has an irrational phobia of stickers.   She also does an oscar award-winning impression of a dinosaur - fact."

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Alex Cornelius

Alex Cornelius

I am a second year university student studying at Exeter, Penryn campus, and have been a welfare member with GAM for 4 years now.   I love being a welfare as I can still get involved with music, whilst getting the whole Beauchamp experience, which I enjoyed so much as a child.   My first music week was a junior orchestra week, when I was 8; a long long time ago.   I play the viola and saxophone in multiple groups, mainly the Truro symphonia, and love listening to all types of music, but there is a special place in my heart for Vaughan Williams, Dave Brubeck and Stan Getz."




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Daniel Addison

Daniel Addison

I started playing violin when I was 4 and did my first GAM summer course when I was 13 (I think).   This year will have been my second year welfaring.   Iíve just finished my second term studying music performance at the RNCM on bass guitar and Iím loving it!   I listen to pretty much any kind of music but I prefer soul, funk, rock and classical music.   My favourite thing to do is to write music and jam with my brothers or in different bands in the RNCM.   I hope that one day Iíll be able to play music and ultimate Frisbee all over the world :D






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Oliver Stanton

Oliver Stanton

I started learning violin at Beauchamp Music group when I was 7 and I started learning saxophone at Dene Magna school when I was 12.   When I was 14 I gave up the violin to pursue a life of "playing the wrong notes" (jazz) and in September this year I am going to study jazz sax at Birmingham Conservatoire.

I attended my first Beauchamp summer course when I was 10 and it was crazy.   One year I got to the final of the slam tournament but the title was cruelly snatched from me by a cheat.   I'm not still bitter about it, honest.

If I could describe myself in one word it would be "jazzy" and if I could describe myself in two words it would be "very jazzy".




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Chloe Foy

Chloe Foy

Chloe has been enjoying the wonder that is GAM since she was 4 years old, and loved it so much that she went on to do a music degree, which she completed last year.   She has been welfaring for quite some time now, so nothing fools her!   Her favourite GAM pastimes are making cocoa to the sounds of smooth jazz and beating everyone at slam.   Currently liaising with artists for Manchester International Festival, she hopes to live the dream and become a popstar very soon, but if all else fails, you will probably find her getting overexcited and dancing on tables like a penguin.



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Harry Smith

Harry Smith

Harry is a hardcore GAM veteran, having spent much of the Saturdays and holidays of his youth at the old Beauchamp House site.   He tries to earn a living by playing the saxophone, but sometimes has to supplement his income by showing off his webbed feet for money.   He likes karaoke, fancy dress, and cheese, preferably all at once.









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Anna Troughton

Anna Troughton

I have been coming on Gloucester Academy of Music holiday courses with my oboe for the past 10 years and have loved every second, despite loosing slam and table tennis tournaments each year...  

This year I have been working hard and 'discovering myself' travelling the world on a gap year and I am looking forward to going to the University of Birmingham in September to study English Literature.



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Lydia Kenny

Lydia Kenny

Lydia studies the the saxophone and violin with Gloucester Academy of Music and attended (almost!) all of the summer courses for more years than she can count to.   She is a highly competitive Slam player, biscuit eater and noise maker.   When not talking about quantum physics or Harry Potter, Lydia is a young actor with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.   She is known to burst into spontaneous song and dance so watch out!






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Annabel Prees

Annabel Prees

Annabel plays the oboe, piano, cor anglais, clarinet and soprano saxophone.   She has attended senior orchestras for a few years and loved it so much that she has decided to become part of the welfare team.   She loves a good game of slam and can be rather competitive!   Although Annabel is fun, a bit crazy and enjoys a good laugh; she can also calm down and listen to what you have to say.   If you want a quiet chat, she's the one to go to.   Annabel likes card games, accents, babies and animals, especially chickens and cows!   Mix them together and you've got her perfect day out!   She also loves to make friends and tell stories so why not introduce yourself!






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Emi McDade

Emi McDade

Emi is a part time singer/songwriter, part time teacher, part time forensic psychology student, and full time goof.   Spending the majority of her time Beauchamp-ing from the age of 1 (no, really...), Emi has a love of music, penguins, and all things Beauchamp.   Though her background is classical, Emi crossed to the dark side to pursue a career in pop/folk music.   She also has mismatched thumbs and a pet potato.






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Fun, fun, fun...!!!

During our Music Courses everyone works hard to improve their musicianship and performance skills and enjoys making great music, but we know how to have fun too...!   Here is what some of our students and parents say:

There is also a gallery of photos from GAM term-time activities which you can find here.

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