Eric Usadi, Music Director of HAF, began his adult life as a violinist. He studied at The Juilliard School (pre-college division) and Manhattan School of Music (post-graduate), and his teachers included Glenn Dicterow, Louise Behrend, Lillian Fuchs and members of the Emerson String Quartet. He also spent 25 years as a research physicist.
Among other appointments he was a Principal Research Scientist at the National Physical Laboratory (UK) and a Senior Research Associate at Cambridge University. He is now thoroughly enjoying bringing great music to a beautiful corner of London.
Jenny is a barrister by training and spent 30 years in industry as an in-house lawyer. In the 1990's she got involved in disability discrimination work which opened up a second career. She now has a portfolio of interests in regulation, equality and social care, in non-executive and advisory roles.
Music is a life-long passion. One of her great regrets is not playing an instrument but she enjoys choral singing and has many talented musical friends. She is a volunteer at the Hampstead family concerts run by the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust which brings chamber music to children.
John is a retired businessman and an arts lover.
After completing a BA degree course in Interior Design and Architecture, I worked for Warner Bros at Pinewood Studios as a draughtsman and set designer. However life moves in mysterious directions after which I went on a tangent and entered the estate agency industry here in Hampstead where I have now been for nearly thirty years. Throughout all this time my second love has always been the arts, whether it be drawing, film or music and the opportunity to both support and have an active involvement in the HAF and what it brings to the wider community both within and without NW3 was an opportunity I could not pass up.
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Louise has been playing the piano since the age of four, and went on to study music at Oxford Brookes University achieving a first class honours in Performance and Composition. During her degree, she taught music to severely disabled children at Soundabout Music Therapy Practice, whilst managing and performing in her University funk-rock infused band.
Since graduating, Louise has helped to produce two festivals at The Roundhouse, worked as Head of Marketing at The Oxford Schubert Lieder Festival, and taught music at Ranum Efterskole in Denmark.
She has a strong love and enthusiasm for youth in music, and has recently finished directing and producing her own spoken word event for young emerging artists in London. Louise sits on the Roundhouse Youth Advisory Board (RYAB) and teaches piano in her spare time.