Our Team 

Music in Unison is committed to delivering quality music education and musical experiences. Our team is comprised of highly skilled professionals that have a minimum of Post Graduate or Masters level in music performance or music education.

 

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Tara Delve
Founder & Lead Practitioner 

I have always had a love of music, and a desire to know and learn as much about it as possible. My musical education began at King David School, where I obtained a music scholarship. I then went on to gain a music degree from Liverpool Hope University, where I specialised in performance and musical analysis, and a Postgraduate Degree in Secondary Music Education from same institution.

 

It seemed natural that the next step would be teaching, and that’s exactly what I did – in 2002 I became a music teacher for the first time, and I taught music to secondary pupils both within the UK and internationally, as Head of Primary Music, at a school in Dubai.

 

That was until, as if by serendipity, I was asked to cover a music class for pre-school aged children. An unexpected spark was ignited that day, and well, I was never the same again!

 

I fell in love with working with the youngest of musicians and decided to retrain as a primary and early years educator with music as my specialism. As well as this I undertook training in Kodaly method (an approach to music that is rooted in the idea that music should be a social and cultural experience), Dalcroze Eurhythmics (music experienced through movement) and community music facilitation. 

 

I became a primary teacher, and Head of Primary Music in 2014, where I worked with children in EYFS stage through to Year 6 – my love of teaching younger children the joy and happiness that music brings was fully alight; and whilst I didn’t realise it at the time, the seeds of the Music in Unison dream were being planted firmly in my mind.

 

In 2016 my daughter Isla was born, and as I am sure all new parents will relate, my life immeasurably changed for the better – whilst simultaneously becoming a lot more challenging!

 

I loved performing to Isla from the moment she was born, and she was mesmerised too – it was as though something magical happened between us when the music started. The bond we grew through music made my heart feel full, and it was that moment that I became truly empowered to share my knowledge and expertise not just with children, but with other parents too.

 

Which brings us to why you’re here; in 2017 Music in Unison was born – initially starting with just one class per week, and gradually expanding to what it is now, with classes across Liverpool and Sefton, regular Take it to the Floor Concerts and so much more, all delivered by a team of incredibly talented professional musicians.

 

In just four years we have delivered classes and concerts to over 2000 families, across 4 locations; and survived a global pandemic! I am so proud of all we have achieved, and to this day my inspiration and reason why continues to be my wonderful daughter.

 

I would love to welcome you to a class soon – please do have a look around the website to find out more, and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to get in contact!

 

Karina Beesley
Lead Accompanist, Head of Training & Practitioner

Karina was the first ever member of our team, joining us back in 2017. Karina has been an integral part of the development of Music in Unison and is our Head of Training, Accompanist and a Class Leader.

 

Karina began her musical journey learning to play the organ from the age of 7. She gained her Grade 8 and Licentiate Diploma with the London College of Music and broadened her musical horizons by going on to study piano during her time at University.

 

After graduating with a BA(Hons) in Music and IT, Karina gained her PGCE and worked for several years as a secondary school music teacher.

Karina’s passion is Music education. She currently works with local primary schools and is a successful private piano/keyboard tutor. She leads the music group at Our Lady of Compassion church, Formby and runs a popular keyboard ensemble class. Mum to Georgina, Karina appreciates the importance of early years musical development, and is delighted to be working as part of the Music in Unison team. 

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Christopher Newton

Christopher Newton
Accompanist & Practitioner

Dr Chris is currently the administrator of Music and Liturgy at Liverpool Cathedral. Born and raised in Milan, Italy, he attended The American School and was a chorister at All Saints' Church, Milan. Chris moved to the UK to study a teaching degree at Chester University.  

 

He spent 25 years in Sao Paulo, Brazil where he worked in international education, teaching music to children aged 3-18. He worked as Assistant Director of Music, having worked with recording and educational software and teaching GCSE, IB and BTEC Music. He also co-directed a number of school musicals, including Grease, The Boyfriend, South Pacific, My Fair Lady and Sound of Music. Chris has a Masters Degree from Oxford Brookes University and Doctorate in Education degree from Bath University. Currently, he enjoys working with young children to adults, teaching piano, guitar, ukulele and violin. He has also sung and conducted in numerous choirs, including the Liverpool 64.

Stephen Mannings
Accompanist & Director of Concerts

Stephen is director of Choral Outreach at Liverpool Cathedral. He is the Director of Liverpool Cathedral’s Junior Choir which is now one of the largest junior choirs in the country. Stephen is a highly accomplished pianist, gaining a Masters Degree in musical performance. He is an associate artist of the English National Ballet and has a diverse portfolio of solo performances and concerts. Stephen is Music in Unison’s Director of Concerts and the accompanist in residence for our Friday sessions at Liverpool Cathedral. 

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Hannah Chappel

Hannah Chappel
Accompanist 

Hannah is the latest addition to our team, and we are so excited to welcome her into the wonderful world of Music in Unison!

 

She blew us away in her interview and her passion for inspiring others to fall in love with music shone through. She loves coming up with new ideas and games to teach people the joy that it can bring, and most importantly, likes to make learning music fun.

 

Her experience was equally impressive – having taught children from age 4, as well as adults. She has previously taught for Blackheath Conservatoire and also still teaches for Bromley Youth Music Trust, including their online group class - Piano Kaleidoscope. 

Hannah is a graduate of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She previously attended the Junior Royal Northern College of Music and was a member of the Halle Youth Orchestra.  She performs across an eclectic range of genres, including classical, musical theatre and pop. This has led to performances at El Dorado and Boomtown Festivals, as well as playing for television and recordings.