Our goal at Tunbridge Wells School of Music is to create great musicians, and not just exam passes. We have a syllabus in place and exams are available, but we do not believe in blindly moving from grade to grade without fully understanding the instrument. Instead we focus on learning and applying music to a real life setting of performance and enjoyment.
Music can be a hobby for some and a career for others, but our aim is to ensure it stays a part of our students lives forever whatever their goals. Our teachers all have a wealth of experiences as professional musicians and it is our passion to share that with others.
Lessons with us are fun, engaging,
and of the highest standard
All lessons are given by professional, insured, DBS checked teachers, and are open to all ages and ability levels
Lessons can follow a structured syllabus or be tailored to the individual student’s needs
Grade exams are available to take with Rockschool, ABRSM or Trinity (TWSOM is a national exam centre for Rockschool so RS exams are held on site here)
Our main focus is fun and enjoyment while progressing in a relaxed environment to nurture and encourage a passion for music
All teaching rooms are fully equipped with professional equipment and facilities
Ample parking and a comfortable waiting area within the school.
David Trevillion - Director - Drums / Guitar
David has been involved with music since a very early age, trying out all kinds of instruments, finally settling on the drums in his early teens. He gained his first class honours degree from The Academy of Contemporary Music in 2008. He divides his creative time between his own electronic-pop group ‘Dead Ceremony’ and session work for other acts; credits include UK R&B singer Azekel, who he played for during his debut album release and was the musical director for the performance at the Glastonbury Festival in 2015, He has had experience performing live on national radio and TV, and recording studio experience at Real World, AIR studios, BBC Maida Vale, and Abbey Road.
Daniel Peranic - Head of Drums
Daniel studied at Drumtech and received the coveted ‘Top Performer’ Award. He then started working with local London artists during which time he shared bills with Jason Mraz and Ed Sheeran.
He was a member of Flash Fiktion with whom he made an album released by Vinyl Junkie Recordings and published by Chrysalis BMG. National mainstream media critically acclaimed the album; The Sunday Times gave the band 'Single Of The Week' and NME rated the album 8/10, calling the songs "vivacious, glam crackers"! The album gained lots of support from BBC Radio 1 and XFM Radio which listed the album as one of the best British Debut Albums of 2012. Daniel worked with Tim Muddiman, Gary Numan’s long-term guitarist on his debut album and live shows. Around this time he was also involved in music projects for the fashion label Burberry and Gordon’s Gin. He played drums for Brandon Flowers of The Killers on his UK/EU tour for the number 1 album ‘The Desired Effect’. He also performed in Hyde Park supporting The Killers, Elbow, and Tears for Fears with Joel Stein’s Glassmaps. He also worked with BRIT Award and Mercury Music Prize nominated multi-instrumentalist MC Lord Magrão and Absolute Bowie - voted the UK's number 1 tribute show.
He studied with the likes of Mark Giuliana and is currently undertaking
his MA studies at BIMM University in London.
Hannah Sawle - Vocals / Piano
Hannah Sawle studied at Chethams School of Music as a cellist, pianist and singer before heading to London to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she completed her BMus(hons) and MMus in vocal studies. She then spent a year on English National Opera’s Opera Works Course and is currently studying with Caitlin Hulcup. As an opera singer she has covered principal roles at the Royal Opera House and sung in companies all over the Europe. Recent roles include singing in George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence at the Hamburg Staatsoper and Opera de Lyon and covering Poppea in Handel’s Agrippina and the soprano roles in Britten’s Death in Venice, both at the Royal Opera. Forthcoming roles include reprising her Lessons in Love and Violence roles with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra is Germany and at the Teatro Real Madrid and the Théâtro du Châtelet in Paris.
She has been a piano and singing teacher for 12 years and loves the variety of repertoire and people she has come across through this. From classical to musical theatre, folk, jazz and pop and pupils ranging from 3 to 63! She has taught in schools and privately and loves exploring new pieces and new music with each pupil whilst giving them skills for the future and having a lot of fun.
Harriet Langley - Vocals / Piano
Harriet Langley is a vocal coach and piano teacher with 10 years of experience working with students of all ages and abilities. Her approach to teaching is explorative and creative, crafting bespoke sessions for each student and their goals.
Harriet studied music at the University of East Anglia, with a focus on vocal performance and contemporary composition. Since then she has worked as a singer, song-writer, keys player and guitarist in genres spanning soul, funk, pop, jazz, folk and classical.
She was co-lead singer of 6-piece funk/hip-hop band, Top Cat Collective, lead singer of 8-piece funk band, Funkhaus, and lead singer and synth player of 6-piece jazz/soul band, Kanna. She provided backing vocals and lead guitar for alt/folk artist, Freya Ward, and is currently one of the vocalists for The Paul Dunton Orchestra.
As a member of London Contemporary Voices, Harriet has provided backing vocals for the likes of Lewis Capaldi on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge, Wolf Alice for their live performance on The Fallon Show and their 2022 EP, Blue Lullaby, Hannah Grace for the Lloyds Bank advert 2017, Tom Chaplin (Keane) on BBC's The One Show and The Graham Norton Show, Deaf Havana on their 2018 chart reaching album, Rituals, Deepa Nair Rasiya and Amber Run. She has performed at award winning shows in venues such as Union Chapel, Royal Festival Hall and the O2.
Olly Knight Smith - Guitar /Production
Oscar Behrens - Drums
Oscar is a drummer based in Sussex with seventeen years of experience in numerous drum styles, live performances and sessions. He has had the privilege to study with many fantastic musicians including Ralph Rolle (Chic), Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson), Steve White (Paul Weller) and Virgil Donati. Oscar has also studied under UK drummer Pat Garvey, since 2012. He has played festivals across the UK and Europe, as well as performing for BBC showcases.
Growing up in the south-east, Oscar has been involved in many different original and cover projects including pop, country, folk, rock, prog and metal. There are many bands/artists that have influenced his style including Soundgarden, Nine Inch Nails, Steven Wilson, Foo Fighters, London Grammar and many more.
Aside from working on original material, as a working musician he fills part of his time teaching privately and playing in cover bands/tribute acts which takes him all across the UK performing at weddings and parties.
Olly is a professional musician with a wealth of experience and knowledge. Having studied at the Academy of Contemporary Music
he went on to achieve a degree in Popular Music Performance at the University of Kent.
Now an active musician in London and the South East - Olly is the resident guitarist for Studio 23 in North London - he plays for many different artists including Sharky, Speakman Sound and Top Cat Collective. In addition Olly works for high end function bands including 'The Honeymooners' and 'The Fulfillments’.
Having played at many prestigious venues such as the Jazz Cafe,
New Orleans Jazz Museum and O2 Academy amongst an array of music festivals including Brainchild, El Dorado, French Quarter Fest (New Orleans) and Lounge on the Farm, Olly has plenty of experiences to
draw from when teaching.
Josh Wenham - Guitar
Josh started playing the guitar at the age of 14, influenced by such artists as Nile Rodgers, Rob Harris and Mark Latteri. His passion lies in playing all styles of music that he can. Setting out into his musical career, Josh applied to West Kent College in Tonbridge where he started to begin to understand what type of work he wanted to do as a self-employed musician. After studying at Tonbridge for two years, Josh moved onto a private music school called Music Station where he began to hone his career as a session musician. Starting out in function bands, he played around the south-east circuit as a working musician. Josh then moved to London to study at the Academy of Contemporary Music, gaining contacts and finding his sound and style as a professional musician.
Josh has worked with such artists as Sophie Winter, Diascia and Studio 33. Performing live and in the studio for both acts, he has accumulated various skills in recording, producing and performance.
Joe Gibson - Guitar
Joe is an experienced professional guitarist, working as a performer and teacher in a variety of styles including Funk, Soul, R n’ B, Pop, Rock, Blues and Americana. Throughout his career he has performed with artists including James Brown, Corinne Bailey Rae, Jamie Cullum, Altered Images, Hamish Stewart (Average White Band), and Matt Berry. Joe is also the guitarist for David Migden & The Twisted Roots who have gained critical acclaim for their albums and live shows in the UK and internationally.
Joe has performed and toured in London and all over the UK as well as internationally with venues including Ronnie Scott’s, The Jazz Café, KoKo, Clapham Grand, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Edinburgh Festival and the Canadian Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival.
Aimee De Havas -Vocals
Aimee de Havas studied at Charterhouse School as a Music and Organ Scholar, before heading off to The Royal College of Music as a Douglas and Hilder scholar where she completed her BMus(Hons) under the tutelage of David Montague Rendall and Peter Savidge.
Performance highlights include being in the children’s chorus for La Bohème and Hansel and Gretel at Glyndebourne, BBC Proms, National Youth Choir of Great Britain. Opera scenes at the RCM, include Oriana in Amadigi di Guala, The Governess in Turn of the Screw and Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief. She has been teaching singing for the past four years and enjoys teaching a variety of different repertoire and styles. She is also used to preparing her students for exams such as ABRSM, (also including their MT grades) and Trinity.
Izzie Derry - Piano/Vocals
Izzie is a dynamic singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, holding a degree in Songwriting from BIMM Brighton and currently pursuing a Masters in Music Production, Performance, and Business at Waterbear College of Music.
With over a decade of experience, Izzie has made significant contributions as both a musician and educator. As a dedicated music teacher, she fosters creativity and cultivates a vibrant learning atmosphere, aiming to inspire her students to reach their full potential.
As well as touring the UK as a headline act, she has also supported acclaimed artists such as Fairport Convention, Olly Murs, and John Grant. She has received several BBC Introducing radio plays, as well as live sessions and festival performances, highlighting her rising prominence in the music scene. Additionally, her music has been featured on BBC Radio 6, solidifying her reputation as an emerging artist.
Collaborating closely with Grammy award-winning producer Roger Lomas on multiple projects has enriched Izzie's musical journey. Building on this experience, she has ventured into music production herself, culminating in the release of her latest album.
Louis Pitman - Guitar
A recent graduate from Waterbear College of Music and BIMM Brighton. Louis takes influences from all aspects of the musical landscape from Blues and Jazz to Rock and Acoustic styles.
Louis is also a passionate electronic music producer, and can teach production and mixing in modern music styles.
The guys here are more than just music teachers – they’re friends and mentors. They helped us choose the right kit and gave Jem good advice when it came to doing drumming with groups outside the school. We can’t fault it – TWSOM is a one-off.