Piano and Keyboard Department Staff  

Euodia Jordan

Head of Piano and Keyboards


BMus(Hons), MA, UTLM, LTCL

Subjects Taught



Euodia was born in Cape Town, South Africa, where she began her musical studies at the age of five under the tutorship of, amongst others, her mother.  After matriculating from Heathfield High School (where she obtained the highest A-Level results for Music in South Africa), in 1990, she entered the South African College of Music at the University of Cape Town (UCT) where she studied the Piano with Nancy Hofmeyr and Albie Van Schalkwyk, and violin with Virgiliu Gherasim and Jaroslav Lorenc.  Other courses included Harmony and Counterpoint, History of Music, Composition and Orchestration, Piano Teaching Method and Music Education.  After graduating, her first teaching appointment was at Rustenberg Girl’s School (Cape Town), where she also accompanied the award-winning School Choir.  She subsequently returned to UCT to undertake further postgraduate studies, completing the BMus(Hons) programme in Musicology in 1998.


During this time she also acted as a repetiteur to the Eoan Group, one of the first Operatic Schools for disadvantaged Non-White Singers.  Euodia was also a participant in the Madame Valmalete Piano Competition in Nice, France (1998), where she received first prize in the Faure, and second prize in the Beethoven categories, respectively.


Euodia then taught at Sans Souci High School before getting married (to a Worcester resident), and settling in England.  Shortly after arriving in England, Euodia undertook further postgraduate studies at Oxford Brookes University, where she completed the Master of Arts Programme in Music, History and Culture in 2003.  She has taught at various schools including St.James School for Girls (Malvern), Kings’s Hawford, Winterfold House School, The Alice Ottley School and Elgar School of Music.  Euodia teaches part-time at the Royal Grammar School, Worcester, where she teaches Class Music, Piano, directs two choirs and acts as an accompanist in various roles.  She is a devout Christian, and has a daughter and son aged 13 and 4.

Chris Long

Subjects Taught

Piano, Jazz Piano and Composition

Chris has had a diverse musical career, enabling him to bring an open-minded approach to his teaching and to draw on a broad knowledge of repertoire across many styles. He has worked as a performing musician in areas ranging from classical & contemporary music to rock, jazz, musical theatre & experimental music. After gaining his degree at Kingston University he undertook an MA in Composition with Gavin Bryars at De Montfort University, Leicester. Over the years he has written music for choirs, orchestra, dance and TV, and his song 'Mr Capability' (commissioned by the National Trust for the 300th anniversary of the birth of Capability Brown) was recently performed at Croome Court by over 800 singers.

As well as having worked with (among others) members of folk-punksters The Pogues and psychedelic rockers Kula Shaker, in 2007-8 Chris worked with Damon Albarn (of pop band Blur) playing keyboards in the world premiere run of "Monkey: Journey to the West", an opera in Mandarin which ran at Covent Garden and theatres in the UK and abroad. He has taught all aspects of music (theory, aural, history, technology, composition, performance etc) as a fulltime lecturer in Further and Higher Education contexts, and he now works as a freelance musician. As well as accompanying choirs and teaching, Chris also performs as a soloist and in the early Music duo 'Aphelion' with singer Paula Evans. His compositions and other work can be found at www.chrislongmusic.co.uk.

Stephen Halstead

Subjects Taught

Piano / Accompaniment /Chamber

Stephen studied under Janice Williams at Birmingham School of Music (now Birmingham Conservatoire) winning  several prizes  and representing  the School  as  accompanist  on  tours  of  Sweden, Germany  and Switzerland.

He has performed extensively, specialising in Chamber Music and Lieder recitals, and has received acclaim from the press  for concerts in London  and abroad.

Stephen also has  a busy teaching  and coaching  career, and especially enjoys working with young singers, with whom  he  has  had  notable  success.

He has taught piano at King’s School Worcester, Bromsgrove School, the Royal Grammar School Worcester and at Worcester College of Higher Education (now Worcester University).

Harriett Amos



Subjects Taught

Community Choir Leader / Piano

Harriet graduated from Newcastle University in 2013 with a BA honours degree in music, specialising in classical piano performance.
Since her return to Worcester, Harriet has performed 3 professional piano recitals at Huntingdon Hall in Worcester. She is also a vocal coach at The Academy Dance School, piano teacher at Cutnall Green C of E First School, and the Music Director for WODYS (Worcester Operatic and Dramatics Society Youth Section) Harriet was also the Music Director for the 2014 Annual Friends Of The Swan production at the Swan Theatre.
Harriet is delighted to have recently become part of the Elgar School of Music, and is looking forward to lots of exciting new opportunities with the Community Choir.

Gerdi Troskie


BMus, MMus, UM (Amsterdam), UTLM, UPLM

Subjects Taught - Piano/Organ

Gerdi Troskie   completed her BMus and MMus degrees at the University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and continued with post-graduate organ studies at the Amsterdam Conservatorium with the early music specialist Jacques van Oortmerssen (1993-1996). She was awarded the Conservatorium’s Soloist’s Diploma (organ) in 1996.


In 1996, on the completion of her studies, Gerdi moved to the UK. She taught organ and musicianship and the Royal College of Music Junior Department from 1998 to 2005. Gerdi held the appointment of Organist and Director of Music at St Anselm & St Cecilia Roman Catholic Church, Holborn, London, from 1996 to 2002 and started teaching organ and theoretical studies for the St Giles International Organ School in 2000. She currently teaches for the Royal College of Organists’ RCO Academy Organ School and also works as piano teacher at the King’s School, Worcester. She started teaching piano at the Elgar School of Music, Worcester in March 2018.


Gerdi has participated as tutor on several residential organ courses, including the RCO Summer Course and weekend courses at Oundle. She has played recitals in The Netherlands, Sweden, Finland and South Africa.

Michael Jones

Subjects Taught

Piano/Piano Club

Although Michael Jones has lived in Stourbridge since 1996 he was born and musically educated in Birmingham - winning a scholarship at 15 to study piano at what is now the Birmingham Conservatoire and graduating in 1974 with Prizes for Piano, Advanced Harmony, and Musical Distinction. From 1974-85 Michael was pianist/chamber music coach for the Anglo-German Youth Music-Weeks, giving a concert at the British Centre, West Berlin in 1979 which won praise from the British Council .He continued his piano studies privately with various teachers and took part in Masterclasses given by Edith Vogel, Andre Tschaikowsky and (at the 1984 Brighton Festival) Viado Perlemuter, and in August 1983 he made his London Recital debut at the Purcell Room, South Bank, playing there again in 1984.

Since the Millenium Michael has embarked on several large-scale projects - including playing all 11 Beethoven Piano Trios in 3 concerts with Trio Maggiore in 2001, and all 4 Dvorak and 3 Brahms Piano Trios in another 3-concert cycle with the same ensemble in 2002. Also in 2002 Michael performed Elgar's Symphony no.1 in its very challenging piano solo arrangement by Sigfrid Karg-Elert, and in 2003 performed Symphony no.2 at the Canterbury Festival Fringe. Spring 2009 will see the release of his first CD for the Dutton Epoch label as pianist partner to cellist Joseph Spooner in sonatas by Michael Balfe and Edgar Bainton and shorter works by Quilter, Rosalind Ellicott and Coleridge-Taylor.

In addition to performing, Michael is acknowledged as an authority on neglected composers and British composers in particular and is a contributor to the New Grove and the New Dictionary of National Biography. He has both played and lectured at the Elgar School, Worcester in 2006-7, and has written articles for 'The Blackcountryman' journal since 1998 on subjects such as the composer Dorothy Howell (1898-1982), pianist William Fellowes (192 1-70) and Kathleen Ferrier's concert appearances in the Black Country (1943-52). In November 2006 Michael became "famous for 15 minutes", as the saying goes, when interviewed live by Petroc Trelawny on BBC Radio 3's 'In Tune' programme about the life and music of the composer Edgar Bainton (1880-1956), for whom he is the UK Music Executor and copyright representative.

Janine Parsons



Subjects Taught

Piano / Theory

Janine completed her studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire, having gained a B Mus (Hons) degree and a Post Graduate Diploma. She studied piano with Frank Wibaut and Professor Malcolm Wilson. As soloist she gave her debut recital at the Purcell Rooms, London and has since given concerto performances including Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Chopin’s piano concerto no 1 with The Worcester Philharmonic Orchestra; Haydn’s piano concerto in D Major with Volante Strings and Mendelssohn’s concerto in A Minor with the English String Orchestra. Janine has also given solo recitals for music societies throughout the UK, including locally, The Kidderminster Classical Music Society, The Midland Gershwin Mayerl Society, Upton Arts Music Group and The Elgar Music School, Worcester.

Janine has worked as a freelance repetiteur with the Birmingham Royal Ballet in numerous educational projects, which has led her to appearing in a BBC TV drama.

As accompanist, she has worked with numerous singers and instrumentalists in concerts and competitions, including performances broadcast on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio Shropshire.  She has performed for many years as part of an all female trio ‘The Sirens’ who together have given concerts nationally and internationally. In 1997, she appeared as finalist in the Young Accompanist of the Year competition. Janine has also performed alongside Maureen Lipman and Julian Lloyd Weber. Janine now works regularly with cellist Corinne Frost and together they have recently performed in the Worcester Festival; Hellens, Much Marcle; the Lion Ballrooms, Leominster and for Coughton Court Arts.

Currently Janine enjoys a busy musical life in her role as Head of School at the Elgar School of Music in Worcester.

John Brierley


B.A.  M.Mus.  A.R.C.O.

Subjects Taught

Organ / Music Theory / GCSE / A-Level

A native of Liverpool John Brierley read music at University College, Durham where he was Assistant Organist and a Rothwell Prize winner. He won a Major State Studentship for post-graduate study at King’s College, London and held the post of Director of Music at St Peter’s Church, Streatham. Now living and working in Worcester, John enjoys a varied freelance career which includes directing choirs, being Musical Director for Shakespeare at the Commandery productions, working as an accompanist for both singers and instrumentalists and teaching at the Elgar School of Music in Worcester where he is also a School Governor and Chairman of the Board of Studies. He is Organist and Choir Director at St John-in-Bedwardine, Worcester. As an organist, John gives recitals throughout the country at cathedrals, concert halls and major churches.

Stephen Shellard



Subjects Taught

Vocal Studies / Piano

Stephen Shellard comes from Dublin. He began his musical career as a chorister in the choir of St Bartholomew’s Church Ballsbridge, later moving to St. Patrick’s Cathedral where he became Head Chorister a Winstanley Scholar. He continued his musical education at Trinity College Dublin during which time he became the youngest ever Alto Lay Vicar Choral in the 800 year history of St. Patrick’s. In 1990 Stephen moved to join Worcester Cathedral Choir where he is now Senior Alto Lay Clerk. Stephen’s solo career has included working the Worcester Festival Choral Society as well as many other choral societies. He has sung and recorded with specialist early music ensemble ‘Musica Contexta’, singing solo on their debut recording of Sheppard’s Cantate Mass for the Herald label (HAVPCD195) and on the group’s three-disc Palestrina project for Chandos. Their recording Music for Holy Saturday (CHAN 0679), was in the Editor’s top ten choice in the July 2002 issue of Gramophone, was nominated for a Gramophone award and was a critic’s Disc of the Year choice in the December 2002 issue. Stephen also sang solo in the group’s Wigmore Hall debut in 2001, which was broadcast on Radio 3.

Other solo engagements have included Britten’s Abraham and Isaac, and Handel’s Messiah with Sir David Willcocks, both at the 2002 Three Choir’s Festival and Bach’s St Matthew Passion with Armonico Consort of which he was a founder member. In October 2003 Stephen sang solo in the choir’s debut at the Wigmore Hall with Emma Kirkby, in recently discovered works of Alessandro Scarlatti. He has also featured on the group’s recordings of works by Scarlatti and the Victoria Requiem on the Deux-Elles label.

In 1998 Stephen founded the Worcester Cathedral Chamber Choir to further his lifelong passion for conducting. He made his orchestral conducting debut in Worcester Cathedral in March 2000 with the combined Chamber and Cathedral Choirs and the London based Westminster Chamber Orchestra in Bach’s St. John Passion. Since then he has developed the choir’s repertoire and conducted them in performances including Brahms’ Requiem (version with two pianos); Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Durufle’s Requiem. Stephen has also directed the choir in six recordings: ‘ Sing Choirs of Angels’ (2002), ‘Jerusalem’ (2004), ‘A Worcester Evensong’ (2006), ‘Hodie’ (2009), ‘Rise Heart’ (2011), and ‘The Guest’ (2013).

Stephen formed the Worcester Chamber Orchestra to perform with the Chamber Choir and to develop his conducting career. Stephen has a thriving teaching practice. He teaches singing at the Elgar School of Music, the Worcester Sixth Form College. Stephen holds Performer’s Diplomas in Piano (LRSM) and Singing (ARCM).

Angela Allard


BMus (Hons)

Subjects Taught


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