Fiona Lander Born in Hexham, Fiona learned to play the piano, clarinet and saxophone whilst at school. Her first public solo performance was at the age of ten where she played the jazz standard ‘Night Train’ on clarinet at a school concert. Jazz has always been a major influence in her life with both her father and music teacher being jazz pianists. Fiona went on to study music at Colchester Institute and gained an Honours degree. It was here that she found a real love for composition and arrangement, studying with Alan Bullard. Fiona went on to teach music in two high schools and became Head of Department in one for 5 years. Following her move back to the North East, Fiona has taught as a peripatetic music teacher with Music Partnership North for ten years. Now working independantly, she is highly respected in the region as a teacher of woodwind, piano and runs the QEHS Jazz Band. In 2014 she also established herself as a freelance composer and has since had several commissions including two children’s songs  for Sing-Up and new carol for Voices of Hope (National Choir of the Year). Visit her website to see examples of scores for choirs and instrumental pieces.
When it comes to live performance, if the opportunity arises, Fiona loves to get up and perform with other musicians too. She has performed on stage with Johnny Dickinson, Eddie Walker, Kirsty McGee & Mat Martin, Lucy Ward, Gareth Davies-Jones, Clive Gregson, Union Jill, Rag Mama Rag and Brooks Williams.
Aside from Landermason, Fiona has also performed/recorded on three different albums produced by Clive Gregson and engineered by John Woods. (The Hayes Sisters 2014, Union Jill 2016 and Clive Gregson/Liz Simcock 2016)
Paul Mason Born in Sunderland, Paul was given his first guitar at the age of 12 and taught himself to play. At the age of 13, Paul has his first lessons and was lucky enough to have fellow Wearsider Dave Stewart (of Eurythmics fame) as his first guitar teacher.
From these early beginnings, Paul gained invaluable experience over the next few years playing lead guitarist in variety of rock bands throughout the North East of England. This was followed by a move to London in the early ’80s to seek fame and fortune with a rock band known as The Dumb Blondes. Moderate success followed – the Dumb Blondes released a single on Fresh Records, played a number of major London venues and went on tour in the UK supporting bigger name rock bands.
However, following a serious accident with a circular saw which badly damaged his left hand, Paul gave up music for about 4 years. Then one day he came to realise that although the accident was serious, he was lucky still to have all his fingers. So he went out and bought a nylon string guitar because it was still too painful to play steel string, due to the sensitive scar tissue on his fingers. Paul never looked backed. He found he really enjoyed playing classical music and also started composing pieces for classical guitar. Following a chance meeting with Russian classical guitarist Alex Vlassenkov, Paul was able to work on his playing technique with Alex’s help.