Prelude School of Music is a young business based in the City Buildings on Old Hall Street in Liverpool. Just a two-minute walk away from Moorfields train station, Prelude offers a prime city-centre location for music lessons for individuals of all ages and abilities.
Opened by Jessica D’Silva, Prelude is the result of many years spent as a private tutor gaining substantial teaching experience with adults and children alike, representing a wide range of abilities. The school aims to encourage not only outstanding learning and practice techniques in our students, but also provides the opportunity to perform, which is an integral part of learning how to play and present music – which builds confidence and shows progress.
Currently we offer Singing, Piano, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Woodwind and Music Theory lessons on a one-to-one basis, but we hope to expand to workshops and master classes in the future. If you are looking for lessons in an instrument not currently listed, please do contact us as we will be able to match you with a tutor.
Jessica D’Silva – Director
Jess holds a Master’s degree in Music Performance (MMus) and a BA (Hons) in Music from the University of Liverpool. She has been singing and playing the piano from a very young age, performing as a child mostly at family gatherings, much to the delight of her grandmother. Since then her popularity outside of her own personal circles has only increased (much to the delight of her grandmother), due in no small part to her dedication to extending her repertoire to include as many styles and genres as possible. As a result, although Jessica is primarily trained as a classical soprano, she is experienced in musical theatre, pop, blues and jazz in addition to classical and operatic styles.
Jess has had much experience singing for weddings, funerals and classical recitals, including a radio appearance in 2007 for BBC Radio Merseyside’s Christmas program, as a solo soprano. In addition to her classical work, she enjoys performing Musical theatre; her first appearance in 2012 as Emma Carew in Jekyll & Hyde, resulted in a NODA nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical. She performs regularly with a local choir, specialising in traditional choral repertoire. Additionally, Jess is one of the lead singers in an 80s rock band, playing gigs all over the country. As a result, she is an extremely versatile and well-rounded singer, with experience in most types of vocal performance.
Helen Goldsmith – Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute and Music Theory
Helen Goldsmith is a multi-reed player specialising in clarinet who has recently finished her studies at Leeds College of Music. Helen specialises in classical and contemporary performance and is passionate about community music and music marketing. Helen has experience in the core solo repertoire for clarinet, and her proudest musical moment to date is performing Paul Reade’s Victorian Kitchen Garden Suite live in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall to an audience of 2,000 people.
Helen holds the title of Liverpool’s Young Musician of the Year 2012 where she performed Poulenc’s Clarinet Sonata at St George’s Hall at The Liverpool Performing Arts Festival of Music, Speech and Drama. She was also recently a finalist in The East Coast Musician of the year competition held in Bridlington performing Milhaud’s Duo Concertante. Helen has also had the privilege to tour with Marc Almond, from the synthpop duo Soft Cell. Helen has vast experience in tutoring woodwind instruments including clarinet, flute and saxophone and has also taught music theory, speech and drama. Helen is experienced in teaching people of all ages and abilities both in school environments and privately.
Daniel Empsall – Guitar
Daniel has recently completed an MRes Master’s in Music at the University of Liverpool where he also completed his undergraduate BA (Hons) degree in Music, passing with First Class Honours. Before that, he studied music at college, earning a triple distinction * as well as completing his Rockschool Guitar Grade 8.
Daniel has a large amount of live experience with the instrument having played a vast number of performances over the years. This was hugely boosted by a weekly jam night that he began attending as a teenager through which, he began working as a dep and session guitarist for various bands, which he still continues to do. In the summer of 2018, Daniel played as a dep guitarist on a small tour alongside the world-famous Isle of Man TT races, playing 10 dates across 2 weeks, the highlight of which was the headline slot of the final night party in front of over 4,500 people. Daniel has also had a number of his own bands, both original and cover-based. One of his original bands has had singles featured on ‘BBC Introducing’, among others, whilst his various cover bands have played large-scale charity shows and made a number of locally-televised live appearances.
Daniel has taught guitar privately for a number of years and has helped students, ranging from novice to intermediate levels of ability, and aged between 7 and their mid-50s, find and develop their own musical voice and expression and to realise their passion for the instrument.
Jennifer Hynes – Voice and Music Theory
Jennifer gained Grade 8 singing in her teens, as well as achieving advanced levels of music theory and clarinet. She then went on to achieve a first class degree in Biomedical Science from the University of Essex and has worked for the NHS.
Jennifer soon returned to her passion of music and enrolled at the University of Liverpool to study a Masters in Music and Performance, specialising in voice as a soprano singer.
She has performed in many notable venues and sings soprano with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, performing on BBC Radio 3 live broadcasts and recorded albums. Jennifer also sang at the Vitality Netball World Cup 2019 opening and closing ceremonies which was broadcast on BBC2 and Sky Sports. As well as performing classical repertoire, Jennifer enjoys musical theatre and was recently cast in Legally Blonde. She also enjoys pop and contemporary music and has performed with Kaleidoscope Orchestra and DJs K-Klass at Cream Classical with audiences exceeding 30,000 people.
Roisin Carlin – Voice and Piano
Roisin (Rosh) Carlin is a singer and pianist who performs regularly across Liverpool. You will usually find her performing in an acoustic duo where she sings alongside a guitarist. She has been singing and playing piano from the age of 7 and achieved her Grade 8 in piano age 18 and has been teaching ever since. She also holds a degree in Music from the University of Ulster and a PGCE in Music from Liverpool Hope University.
Roisin performed on the 2013 Voice of Ireland where she successfully placed in the top 16 of the live shows, she toured with an Irish dance show, Take The Floor, as their lead singer and has performed in arenas alongside Flash Harry, a Queen tribute band and Rumours of Fleetwood Mac.
Roisin is also a musical theatre performer who has landed lead roles in musicals such as Rent, Flashdance and Be More Chill. She is currently a member of What We Did Next theatre group in Liverpool.
As well as her professional music career, Roisin is also a qualified Irish dance teacher and a secondary school music teacher. She has been a competitive dancer since the age of 4 and has competed in many championship competitions across the world. Her biggest achievement was qualifying for the World Irish dance championships.