Meet the ABC Team
Back row: Karolina (admin/finance), Vicky (admin), Sarah (early years trainer), Mary (early years trainer)
Front Row: Phil (co-founder), Amy (senior trainer/senior manager), Tom (co-founder)
ABC Staff Philosophy
ABC Creative Music is founded by active professional musicians and where possible we employ top quality professional musicians to work as our trainers.
ABC was founded by twin brothers Tom and Phil Bancroft. Both are jazz musicians who studied medicine at Cambridge University. For the past 20 years, they have combined their interest in science, creativity, the brain and psychology, with a passion for education, particular exploring the huge potential creativity brings to children’s experience of education especially in music education.
Both Tom and Phil have played with many world class musicians from the classical, jazz, pop, and folk scenes including Sun Ra, Branford Marsalis, Martyn Bennett, Bill Wells, Hue & Cry and have studied music and performed with top-level musicians from around the world, including Cuba, South America, Africa and India. This wide range of experience in composed and improvised music from different traditions informs much of Tom and Phil’s approach to the design of ABC Creative Music programmes for children.
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Senior Trainer/Senior Manager
Amy Geddes is one of Scotland’s leading traditional fiddle players and is a hugely experienced musician and educator. She has been with ABC for 7 years and is a very experienced trainer in Early Years and Primary and a member of our senior management team. Amy has written her own scots fiddle tutor book.
More info: www.fynefiddles.scot
Karolina Karp (left) and Vicky Fraser (right) are our admin team who work very hard behind the scenes organising everything and keeping the creatives in check.
Early Years Trainers
Sarah McFadyen (left) is a wonderful traditional fiddler and a recently joined member of The Poozies amongst other bands. She is one of our wonderful early years training team.
Mary McMaster (right) is a legend of Scottish traditional music, harpist, singer and founder of The Poozies. She is also one of our wonderful early years training team.
Completing our set of wonderful traditional music based trainers we have the fiddler Gillian Frame as our Primary trainer.
Barbara Scott is mostly spending time with her grandchildren these days but she has been a huge contributor to ABC Creative Music over the last 15 years, working as a senior trainer and senior manager and bringing 25 years of experience as a visiting music specialist and a deep knowledge of a wide range of music education practice, including her extensive experience of Special Needs music, into the company. Barbara is also a harpist, singer, and talented visual artist.