Saturday Music School is led by Jonathan Gibson (Director of Excellence) and is supported by Stephanie Bissell (Director of Music), Natalie Wild (Deputy Director of Music) and our wonderful team of tutors.
Sam Thi Nguyễn-Neugarten is a Vietnamese born British violinist. Thi started her music education with her father, uncles and auntie, until at the age of 17 she won a music scholarship to study in Moscow's The Gnecine Music College with the renowned Russian pedagogy Semion Mikhailovich Mykychiansky. In 1989, Thi, along with her mother and brother who is also a violinist, fled Communist Vietnam to Hong Kong. While in a Hong Kong refugee centre, Thi and her brother attracted worldwide attention through their violin playing, and finally given passage to Norway. Once settled in Europe, Thi furthered her music education at the Norwegian Music Academy with professor Ornuf Boye Hansen, the Guildhall School in London with professor David Takeno, and at the Institute of Education for a masters in Social Psychology and Philosophy in Music Education. Thi is a passionate teacher and coach working with young musicians through many music Hubs in London including MISST. As well as being a busy violin teacher, Thi is also a freelance violinist. She plays in many orchestras, chamber ensembles and is giving recitals when possible. Thi lives in London with her son. She is a keen amateur gardener and loves cooking.
Oliver has been working for MISST as the Saturday School Viola Coach for over 2 years. “It has been fantastic to be part of MISST so far and I have loved working with the students, especially my viola group! To see them progress so quickly in such a short space of time has been wonderful to witness and what excites me most is that there is even more growth to come." He previously worked as Director of Outreach for the music charity Pro Corda and focused on teaching music to SEND children. He is passionate about the transformative abilities of music and the skills and positive habits that music can instil into every person. Oliver studied at Manchester University before completing a Composition for Screen Masters at the Royal College of Music. He specialises in scoring for strings which has seen him most recently score the strings for Beyoncé’s film "Black is King” and the trailer for “Supernova" starring Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci. Television work includes “The Royal Institute Christmas Lecture Series” for the BBC as well as the "Disaster’s Engineered” and “Plane Crash Recreated" for Discovery. Oliver works with brands including American Express, Mercedes and Soho House as well as writing production music for EMI.
Phoebe Clarke is a double bassist and flautist currently finishing her undergraduate degree, studying classical double bass, at the Royal College of Music, London. Aside from mentoring double bass and flute for MiSST, and private teaching, Phoebe has taught double bass at the Vineyard School in Richmond, mentored for the English Schools Orchestra, and completed her DIPABRSM Principles of Teaching Training. Alongside her studies, Phoebe has a wide range of orchestral experience playing with ensembles such as the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra, London Film Music Orchestra, Women of the World Orchestra, London City Philharmonic, London Contemporary Music Festival Orchestra and the Piccadilly Sinfonietta.
Kaitlin is a London-based freelance Trumpet player and teacher. She completed her Undergraduate Degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating with a First, and her Postgraduate Degree at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with a Merit. Kaitlin plays regularly with professional orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Kaitlin was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra from 2017-2019, playing on a number of tours, including as the Orchestra’s Principal Trumpet. Her passion for education has led Kaitlin to be involved in a number of educational outreach projects, including working with the London Symphony Orchestra’s Discovery department, and the ENO Bayliss department, alongside her teaching for MiSST and Central Foundation Boys School.