Guitar, Bass, Music Production

Director and guitar tutor, Robin, has extensive teaching experience in guitar, songwriting, band coaching and music production.

His students have received many awards including XFM Rockshool: Winner, Vodafone Live Music Awards: Best Unsigned Live Band & Kerrademy Awards: Best Unsigned Band.

Robin has also written articles for Total Guitar and Playmusic Magazine.

Ben Allison

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele

Former student, Ben, supported the Kaiser Chiefs at Brixton Academy, aged 12!

Since then, Ben has been in many other bands. His functions band, Smith & Sons, tour all over the country and are one of the most popular wedding bands in the UK.

Ben has taught at RMA for over 10 years and has a wealth of live, studio and teaching experience.


Emily Sowell


Emily Sowell's music career so far has taken her from the Academy of Contemporary Music Guildford- where she is studying her degree in bass guitar- to UK touring with "alt-pop" artist "Lozeak", Blue Peter performance with pop singer "Bellah Mae" as well as playing at festivals such as Latitude, Great Escape and Liverpool Sound City.

She also frequently plays with local Guildford up and coming artists such as George Alfie.

Sonny Waite


Sonny joined RMA as a student aged 10, and played with several of our coached bands including MaTeS and Less Than Three.

He is currently completing a music degree at the ACM in Guildford, and continues to play at numerous venues in the local area.


Richard Henderson


Richard has over 15 years of teaching experience, and has gigged all over Europe at venues including Switzerland, Germany, France and Italy.

He also wrote a popular drum column for Play Music Magazine. 

Tommy Bisson


Tommy recently obtained a First Class BA (Hons) Degree from ACM in Guildford.

Over the last 5 years, The has worked professionally at various venues and festivals around the UK working with several acts .

A highlight of Tommy’s live experience includes performing at The Railway Inn with Alice Milburn and her band. He has also performed at venues such as The Boileroom and The Camden Club, The Bedford and The Horn, along with performing at functions and private events. 


Caoimhe Linighan


After joining RMA as a student, Caoimhe was named as the winner in the Trinity Talent 2019 Leadership category. She has since played with multiple bands at many local venues, including the Epsom Playhouse.

Toy Valentine


Gigs including Hammersmith Apollo and Manchester MEN, TV including Top of the Pops, CD:UK and Popworld, two top 40 hits, a studio album and numerous radio appearances.

Toy was part of pop-rock trio, The Faders, signed to Polydor records!


Jake Poole


Jake has been singing since the age of 6! He started in musical theatre, playing in many shows such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Little Shop of Horrors. He later joined RMA as a student, and is currently completing his degree at ACM.

Jake is now in a new up and coming indie rock band called ‘City Lake’ who have played at multiple festivals including Haselmere and have achieved well deserved industry acclaim.


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