About Us

We teach more than 2,350 primary, secondary and college students every week, focusing on developing sound technical and musical skills to promote self-expression, communication skills and confidence.

A further 1,500 children in 23 primary schools take part in weekly class ensemble tuition.

Instrumental lessons at our Saturday and Weekday Music Centres are available to children of any age or standard. Students come from all over Havering as well as from Redbridge, Barking and Essex.

Havering Music School nurtures a close-knit community of students, who are encouraged to strive for the highest standard of musicianship in a happy and structured environment. They will have many opportunities to participate in events that not only help nurture their individual talents but are great fun.

As the lead organisation for the Havering Music Education Hub we work closely with a range of partner organisations, including the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Opera House and London Chamber Orchestra, to give students the chance to perform at major London venues and work alongside some of the country’s finest professional musicians.


Whether we are guiding students towards eventual professional music careers or simply giving them a love of music that will have an enduring influence on their lives, Havering Music School aims to help every student fulfil their potential.

Music School Manager


Gary Griffiths

Gary has been Head of Havering Music School since 2012, following 13 years managing peripatetic tutors for Essex Music Service. He is directly involved in many of HMS’s major projects and partnerships and is proud of the wide range of opportunities that the Music School offers to children and young people in the borough. He sits on the London Music Board and on the steering group for the East London Cultural Education Alliance. Since January 2018, he has been the London regional representative for Music Mark. Away from HMS, Gary sings in several small vocal ensembles and performs in North London, Essex and Suffolk.

Music managers

Jan Flanders – Manager: Resources

Jan’s teaching background began with adult education in business. Having worked in the pioneering days of computing, she managed the induction and training courses for all computer programmers at NatWest. She has been a Board Director of several companies and managed the accountancy team for an international communications group.
In 2003, she decided to combine her business skills with her passion for music and joined Havering Music School as a teacher and subsequently co-ordinator of the Wider Opportunities programme.
A firm believer in upholding the traditions of music performance, Jan is principle percussionist for the famous Morley College Orchestra (started by Sir Michael Tippett) and tuned percussionist for the 200 year old Essex Yeomanry Band.

Jan Flanders

Music Education Manager: Post Vacant



Karen Tweddle – Manager: Standards

Karen Tweddle started learning the violin in Newham with Kathy College at the age of 7.  At 18  Karen studied violin for 4 years with Erica Klemperer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, completing her  PGCE at Middlesex University.

Whilst having many years as a  freelance violinist (playing for string quartets and orchestras including the New Mozart Orchestra), she has also been an instrumental teacher for over 30 years and a class teacher in both primary and secondary schools

Karen has established valued links with the London Symphony Orchestra in Havering and now conducts the adult orchestra at the YMCA Romford.

She is proud to work for Havering Music School and her role involves school’s education liason, managing the string team and the Saturday Music Centre.


If you are interested in learning an instrument please get in touch