Spotlight on Staff - Mr Fenning

5th July 2021

Mr Fenning - Director of Music

What did you do before coming to Solefield?

Before coming to Solefield I was teaching Music at an international school in Germany. I taught there for four years and had a wonderful time.

Where did you grow up? 

I grew up in a small market town in Leicestershire called Melton Mowbray. It is a very quiet place famous for making pork pies and cheese.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time I like to play music. I am in two signed bands called “Shaft of Steel” and “Collateral”. You can find all of our Music and videos on Spotify, Apple Music, Youtube etc. I have really missed playing live over the last year and can’t wait to get back to playing in front of a crowd.

What made you choose teaching music as a career?

I really love playing and listening to music and I don’t want others to miss out on the chance to do the same. Learning a new piece of music or composing a song can be an extremely rewarding experience that I think everyone should try. Showing people how to do that and watching them grow as musicians is very rewarding.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

I would love to visit more of Africa. I was very lucky to go to Malawi with some other teachers from Solefield and thought it was a fantastic place. I would probably go to Tanzania next as I have heard it is amazing!

What is your favourite food and why?

I would like to say something more interesting but being honest, my favourite food is probably baked beans. I don’t think I could ever get bored of them!

What do you enjoy most about leading the music at Solefield?

Variety! From teaching reception how to clap out a pulse, to working on compound time signatures with the music scholars. There is always something interesting to be covered or a concert to prepare for. I do really enjoy taking the choirs and working with the Peripatetic music teachers as well. We have such a great team of talented teachers in the Music Department at Solefield.