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.
Grace Allwood – Voice, Piano and Music Theory
Grace graduated from The University of Liverpool in 2011 and has been working as a piano and singing teacher across Liverpool for many years.
She teaches one to one lessons across high schools in the Liverpool area preparing students for their performance modules within their qualifications.
Previous teaching positions include positions at the University of Liverpool, and Stagecoach Performing Arts. Grace has experience with all genres of music and different types of music examinations with great success.
Like all the teachers at Prelude, she is enthusiastic and focused on ensuring that the learning process is student led, in friendly and pressure free environment.