casX 2018 Tutors
casX Director/Keyboards/Band Clinic/Sequencing & Arranging
Steve has served in the music ministry along with his wife Velveta for over 30 years. They are the founders of Beracahmusic Ministries International and have travelled to over 100 countries worldwide. After studying at Bible College in Germany, Steve went on to work extensively with Graham Kendrick as Musical Director and many other worship leaders. Steve is also known for worship leading, seminar teaching, song-writing, music directing and accompanying various international worship leaders and secular artists. Steve also serves as a part-time lecturer at London School of Theology. Steve is the co-Director of casX
casX Co-Director/Vocal Specialist
Velveta’s main vocation is to her husband and two daughters, Esther, 17, Velisha, 25, son-in-law. Jermaine Lynch and their new grandchild, Jayda Grace. Family time is her passion, saying “The most precious time is when we all have our guitars and worship in the lounge at home”.
Velveta is the daughter of a Minister and grew up in church singing from the age of three. Alongside her husband, Velveta has worked with Graham Kendrick for over 20 years and is eager to see women released into their God-given destiny, embracing all that God has for them.
Velveta is the co-director of casX
Songwriting workshops (Special Guest)
Graham Kendrick has been described as a ‘father of modern worship music’ whose songs are ‘crammed full of poetic, divine, biblical truth’ that have ‘sculpted a view of God that has impacted generations.’
For more than 30 years he has been at the forefront of Christian music in the UK having written and recorded hundreds of songs, many of which are well known around the world, including Shine Jesus Shine, Knowing You, The Servant King and Amazing Love.
Graham is based in the UK and travels internationally participating in tours, festivals, conferences and training events, as a worship leader, speaker and performer.
He is an active advocate for the charity Compassion International, encouraging audiences worldwide to understand worship as a way of life, and true intimacy with God as sharing in the concerns of his heart and participating in his mission to the world. Compassion operates in over 24 nations and facilitates the support of over a million children.
Graham was one of the founders and the songwriter behind the global phenomenon March for Jesus, which has mobilised millions of Christians to ‘take the walls of the church’ and bring praise, prayer and acts of goodwill and reconciliation on to the streets.
Devotional Speaker (Special Guest)
Gareth has been in full-time ministry since 2007 after practising for 8 years as a medical doctor, he is passionate about building the local church by making equipped, Spirit-led and empowered disciples of Jesus. He loves to see people, families and whole communities impacted and transformed by God and the body of Christ. He is a dedicated family man, married to Sonja and they have two children. He has worked as an apologist, schools worker and advised in Christian ethics on medical issues. He has broad experience in developing church, local and international charity and volunteer sectors across a city and has been a youth pastor, assistant pastor and senior pastor during his time in church ministry.
Diana Stanbridge: Singer, songwriter, worship leader and vocal coach.
Diana Stanbridge was originally born in Denmark but moved to London at the age of 20 to study performing arts at The School of Creative Ministries under the leadership of David and Carrie Grant. She soon joined the much acclaimed London Community Gospel Choir with whom she sang for about 6 years.
Over the years Diana has sung with many bands and on several recordings and has had the privilege of backing some great artists including: Mariah Carey, P Diddy, Beverly Knight , Professor Green and most recently Emeli Sande at the Brit Awards. She currently sings with Noel Robinson as part of Nu Image and is also part of his worship initiative ‘Kingdom Worship Movement’.
Diana has trained as a vocal coach with the Estill Voice Training System. She has been teaching singing both privately and at primary and secondary schools for over 10 years and has run numerous choirs and workshops.
Diana has a real passion for worship and is currently recording her debut worship album which should be ready by the Summer of 2014.
Carl Stanbridge picked up guitar at the age of 8 and then at 15 he was asked to play bass for a local church. Carl was thrown in at the deep end, having to play church songs/hymns by ear. He promptly fell in love with the instrument and has never looked back since.
He went on to do his first album session at 16 and later graduated from Bassteck with a music degree. Since then Carl has had the privilege of working with many great artist such as Alexandra Burke, Joss Stonem Ms Dynamite, Darlene Zschech, Graham Kendrick, Steve Thompson, West end theatre, etc.
Vocal Tutor & Creative Arts
Helen Yousaf has been a worshipper of Jesus Christ for 24. She has served in worship ministry since her introduction to the local church and has led numerous worship-based, evangelistic missions. Helen’s heart was bought at a great price and in response she gives all she has to introduce others to the reality which is the gospel.
Helen is involved with the local community where she endeavours to represent Jesus in non-Christian environments; developing projects which will enable church to partner with schools is proving a great way to serve the community. Helen has led song writing and recording projects with local schools which not only create opportunities for relationship but also incorporate a social action aspect when such projects are able to raise funds and awareness for organisations like ‘Compassion’, ‘Autism UK’ and the Hospice movement.
Helen’s working history has been varied including working for churches in areas of administration, worship, youth work and outreach. Helen has also spent a large part of her time teaching music and community arts in a performing arts college and at other workshop events around the country.
Sharlene-Moniqué is a talented, singer-songwriter, dancer and speaker from London. She has been singing since the age of 4 and studied media and performing arts to degree level. She also trained at Identity Drama School and at the Bethel School of ministry in Redding, California.
Sharlene-Monique has been dancing for 15 years. She has performed and taught in the UK, Norway and America. She uses the arts as a tool to instil confidence into her students and loves to tell stories through her dance. Her choreography is a fusion of African, contemporary, street and traditional praise dance.
Sharlene-Moniqué has travelled extensively to countries such as Latvia, Denmark, Norway, Italy, Sweden and Ireland leading gospel workshops alongside award-winning choir conductor, Karen Gibson.
She is the founder of ‘Be Uniquely You’, a fashion and empowerment blog. She leads self-empowerment workshops and has done so in the UK, Ireland and Norway, spreading her message about self-love and identity.
Band Clinic/Sequencing & Arranging
Joshua has been teaching piano and music for the past 10 years with students from 4 years old to 50+ following the ABRSM and Trinity Guildhall Practical Piano and Music Theory syllabus. His passion lies in educating and exciting the next generation with classical and jazz piano. His intentional calm approach produces effective results enabling students to feel calm and never feel defeated.
Along with his wife Lorraine and their team of staff, they run a music education company which provides high quality music education within maintained, academy status and independent primary schools within the London and the South East area, through weekly music lessons from EYFS to KS2, peripatetic lessons, singing assemblies and music therapy to children with SEND. Across a single week Joshua, through his company has the ability to impact over 750 children.
Joshua also directs and runs a Music Academy along with his staff that offers a range of musical instrument lessons, theory workshops and music aptitude preparation courses.
Joshua has a heart for Worship and Music and is honoured to be on the casX team this year to support the facilitators and team to ensure that each child leaves the conference changed, challenged enriched and enhanced, especially as his worship development, creative arts training and musical journey was shaped and honed through the ministry of Steve & Velveta Thompson.
I’m Amy-Jane Wilson.I recently graduated from LST with a degree in Theology, Music and Worship.
I come from a very musical family where I started learning the piano and then was encouraged to move onto a more orchestral instrument when I chose the harp!! I’ve been playing the harp for 13 years now and still absolutely love it!
I love to learn new things and so taught myself to also play guitar, ukulele and bass!
I go to Soul Survivor Watford church and have the privilege to play on stage at the festivals where I get to join in worship with over 25,000 young people over the 4 weeks!
Jemimah Paine is an alumnus of LST having completed her degree at London School of Theology on the Theology Music and Worship course. From Guernsey in the Channel Islands her first study being the voice. Jemimah has been singing for over 14 years first having begun learning piano and then developed a passion for singing. She swapped piano lessons for voice lessons and has gained much musical experience from private lessons to large choirs and bands in secular and Christian settings. She loves music and using the voice and musical knowledge God gave her to bless others.
Her degree course has given her many opportunities to organise concerts, sing at funerals, lead worship services, help at choral workshops and sing in a chamber choir and gospel choir.
Says Jemimah, “I am so thankful for all these opportunities which widen my musical experience and open my eyes to the many ways that we can worship God. I am looking forward to investing in the next generation in the CASX summer school and teaching invaluable skills to the young people that they will hopefully acquire for a lifetime!”
Tom began playing the drums on the sofa with chopsticks at about six years old. His parents bought him his first drums when he was eight, in order to save the furniture. Tom’s interest in the drums continued to grow throughout his teens in Cornwall where he was a member of the Cornwall Youth Percussion Ensemble, with whom he played at the Albert Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Tom began playing professionally at age 14, performing with local band’s and summer season theatre pit work. With the excellent teacher Paul Hiley steering and encouraging him, Tom moved to London and gained a degree in jazz performance from the Royal Academy of Music.
Having left college Tom embarked on a professional career that has taken him all over the world performing and recording with many artists including; Geraldine Latty, Grace Jones, Simple Minds, Skye (singer with Morcheeba) , John Dankworth OBE, Jan Smit-(dutch singing star with whom Tom has played on five number one hits), Aynsley Lister, Jackie Graham, Brian McFadden, Christian Garrick, Kinobe, Stroke, Omar, The Kairos Ensemble, Ben Earle, Alwyn Wall and Norman Barratt and many more.
Tom currently lives in South West London with his wife Esther and two young daughters Grace and Lily.
Drums & Bass Guitar Tutor/Music Sequencing & Arranging
Gervaise is a multi-instrumentalist who has a huge passion for music. Growing up in a musical family, he started off playing the drums at the age of 5 years old and over the years continued to pursue the drums.
Gervaise has been teaching children from the age of 4+ for five years and loves to share his knowledge with students. With experience in teaching the Rock School syllabus, his calling is to work with young people in schools around London and when not teaching in schools, he runs his own private tuition. As a gigging musician, he plays for various events and people such as Jane Jackson and Helen Yousaf. As well as playing the drums, he plays the bass guitar regularly plays for the Dallaway Steel Band across the country.
Having grown up with a classical background, Gervaise played with orchestras such as, Junior String Orchestra, Intermediate Orchestra and Redbridge Symphony Orchestra, which granted him the privilege to perform at the Royal Albert Hall. Having an exceptional ear for music, Gervaise has won various awards such as best musician in primary school, best musician in lower school, best musician in the sixth form and with the rare gift of perfect pitch, won an award for Perfect Pitch Carnival Carousal Music Performer.
During his spare time, he likes to produce music and having obtained a degree in Music & Sonic Media, can record voices (Audio Dialogue Replacement), compose music and design sound effects for film, games and TV.
Tutor - Music sequencing & arranging
My name is Randev Gunawardene. I am 21 years old, and a final year BA Music student at the University of Chichester, West Sussex. I am in the process of applying to Universities to study a PGCE in Secondary School Music Education.
I started at CASX first as a student many years ago. I remember having a great week meeting new and exciting people from all parts of London, and who all shared the same love for God as I did. This encouraged me to want to teach and assist tutor led groups at CASX.
My interests are: music production, reading and travelling. However, music has always been the forefront of my interests from a young age. I have grown up knowing the Northwood campus as my mother is on the staff at LST.
Bass & Keyboards tutor and Music Sequencing & Arranging,
Matthew Green is a London based multi-instrumentalist, with a background in classical music and a wealth of experience playing more contemporary styles.
With an ever-varied week of playing, including big band percussion, jazz/funk bass guitar and classical piano, Matthew’s teaching really spans the genres.
His current ventures include rehearsal for Trinity College London’s performance diploma, and a recording project with the aim to record a song a month, released as an album in early 2019.
Matthew has a real passion for educating, with a handful of private students and experience working in a number of primary schools. It is his aspiration to eventually train as a primary school teacher.