Philip MillsPhilip Mills started playing the clarinet in 1976 at the age of eleven. After spending most of his young musical life playing in various wind bands in the Warwickshire area, he successfully passed his audition and enlisted with the Coldstream Guards Band.
In 1983 he studied clarinet and saxophone at Kneller Hall under Paul Harvey. Having completed the year, he undertook his position in the Coldstream Guards Band and took over as the Principal Clarinettist in 1990 – a position he held for fifteen years.
He has performed in many of the best concert halls around the world and also as a soloist on Radio 4, and was also featured on the tenor saxophone in a recent recording of The Harry James Trumpet Concert, which was performed by Rod Franks.
Philip is currently teaching and working as a freelance clarinettist and saxophonist in the London area. His other interests include musical composition, yoga and the martial arts.
Sara CharlesSara studied clarinet and composition at Dartington School Of The Arts then went on to study graduate and performers courses at The Royal Northern College of Music, as a Clarinettist and Saxophonist achieving a G.R.N.C.M. and a P.P.R.N.C.M. Sara also studied conducting, singing, orchestral arrangement, and The Art of Teaching whilst at the R.N.C.M.
As well as working nationally as a professional concert and recital solo performer, Sara has worked extensively teaching and coaching children of all ages and ability. She runs workshops and summer schools for children and young people all around the UK involving original music written specifically for the individual children she works with.
Sara is a very busy composer, composing educational childrens songs, pop songs and musicals, and recently film scoring work. She is also co principal of Genesis Theatre Schools: a professional Stage School for 5 to 17 year olds.
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