Who we are
Kuljit Bhamra MBE Hon DMus is an award-winning composer, record producer and tabla player. He is best known as one of the record producers who pioneered the British Bhangra sound and for his many collaborations with musicians from different genres and continents.
Kuljit has worked collaboratively and individually on numerous Hollywood film scores, West End Musicals and recordings and well over 2000 recordings.
Passionate about bringing the joys of playing Indian instruments to everybody, Kuljit’s mission is to democratise Indian drumming.
He is currently Professor of Tabla, Indian Rhythm & Improvisation at Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London.
Phil Eddershaw BSc (Hons) is an expert in Design Management, Prototyping, Intellectual Property, Product Safety Compliance, Far-East Manufacture, Business Management and Development.
He has over 25 years of experience working in rapid prototyping and new product development. In 1987 he set up one of London’s leading modelmaking companies and worked for clients such as Norman Foster, Jonathan Ive, English Heritage, Sony and Apple.
Phil also works as a design and project management consultant for small start-up businesses to large international companies.
Graham England BSc (Hons) is a dynamic designer whose wealth of experience enables him to contribute successful, innovative design solutions to the Keda product range.
Working with partners in America, he designed a number of products for the gaming community including the EA Active 2 Heart Rate Monitor for use with the Xbox, Playstation and Wii consoles.
Graham also worked with the internationally renowned Oculus VR to produce the industrial design for their successful Kickstarter campaign and subsequent development kits, helping to launch the new revolution in Virtual Reality.
Dr. Laurel S. Pardue is an expert in sensors, electronics and software prototyping, real-time interaction design, and machine learning.
Instruments designed by Laurel have won awards at prestigious international competitions such as the Guthman Musical Instrument Competition, One-Handed Instrument Trust, and at the New Instruments for Musical Expression Conference.
The Gamelan Elektrika, which she helped design and build, was featured in concert with with the Kronos Quartet at NYC’s Lincoln Centre. She has previously worked at industry leaders Avid and recently joined Ableton as a software engineer. Laurel is also part of the QMUL’s Bela team and has played and taught violin professionally, including performances on BBC Radio and touring with Sam Lee and Friends, and Mishaped Pearls.
Dr Duncan Menzies is a London-based musician and electronic engineer.
Graduating from the University of Glasgow with a master’s degree in Electronics with Music (MEng), he later obtained a PhD at Queen Mary University of London. His research included examining new technological approaches to teaching the Great Highland Bagpipe. This led to the development of the P-bROCK Digital Bagpipes hardware and software system.
Born in Scotland and surrounded by traditional music, Duncan learnt to play the violin and bagpipes at an early age. Currently, he performs nationally with a variety of bands including folk/bluegrass trio Copper Viper, pagan speed-folk pioneers PerKelt, and Banjöverkill.
Duncan continues to work in the field of digital musical instruments and is currently devloping his P-bROCK bagpipe chanter in association with the One-Handed Musical Instrument Trust (OHMI).
Hazel Correa studied the violin at the Royal Northern College of Music, and has since enjoyed a busy and varied career as a freelance violinist. She works regularly with orchestras such as the Ulster Orchestra and London Mozart Players as well as taking part in collaborations with musicians such as Courtney Pine (saxophone) and Kuljit Bhamra (tabla).
She runs a Bollywood band called the Bombay Gold Orchestra, and has recorded for film, television, CD and radio broadcast, and regularly performs chamber music with members of the Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra and the London Novello Ensemble.
With a strong commitment to music education, Hazel teaches violin, and conducts the Camerata string orchestra, at Harrow Young Musicians, London. She has also given many solo performances with HYM Philharmonic Orchestra including concertos by Bruch, Piazzolla and Vivaldi.