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Ladi Merriman Johnson - Director of Music


Ladi started piano lessons with Major J. G. C. Allen CMG, in Bath and Organ lesson with Garth Benson at St. Mary's Redcliffe, Bristol, before continuing his piano studies with Teo Li-Lin and the Organ with Peter Isherwood and Kenneth Tickell, at the Coventry School of Music. He moved on to the Birmingham Conservatoire where he studied the piano with Joseph Weingarten (a pupil of Dohnanyi), the organ with Richard Silk and conducting with Geoffery Duggan.

He was invited into the Honours Programme, completing a four-year Music Honours programme in three years. He studied for his post-graduate degree in Music Education at Goldsmith College, London University, under the tutorship of Dr. Janet Ritterman. He then proceeded to study for his Licentiate of the Trinity College of Music, studying with Professor John Stephens.

He has directed many choirs including the Berridge Singers and the St. Michael's Singers, Wolverhampton, C.B.S.O. Youth Choir at a conductor's master class at the Symphony Hall Birmingham and orchestras both in and out of school. He has given piano and organ recitals and he composes and arranges both choral and instrumental music. He was commissioned to write the music for the stage performance of 'James And The Giant Peach' for the 'Crescent Theatre' in Birmingham.

He was recommended by Peter Broadbent of the Association of British Choral Directors, to attend an International Symposium for Choral Conductors at St Hilda's College Oxford, studying with Mike Brewer and Ralph Allwood - Precentor, Eton College. He has conducted the Choir of Queen Mary's High School, Walsall at the Symphony Hall, Birmingham, and participated in Conducting Master class with Sir David Willcocks and Bruce Pullan.

Ladi's work as a Conductor/Musician has taken him to France, Jersey (Channel Islands) and Estonia.

Ladi has always worked in the field of music education as Head of Music at St Peter's Collegiate School, Wolverhampton, The Blue Coat School Walsall, Director of Music at Queen Mary's High School Walsall for 23 years. He retired from full time Music Education in 2015 and was appointed Director of Music at Newport Girls' High School, Shropshire.

He has been organist at a number of churches over the years.

He is the Music Secretary of the Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District of The Methodist Church of Great Britain.

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