Founded by musicians, Cathy Clethero (guitar/voice) and Sarah Allen (flute/accordion), Bangers & Smash has been creating musical fun for little smashers since 1987.

Cathy Clethero

Cathy Clethero


After training at Community Music (now CM), Cathy and Sarah went on to run music sessions in Early Years, Primary and community settings and at festivals and fun days across London as Bangers & Smash.

Their enormously popular sessions have been successfully received in nurseries, children's centres, schools and libraries in Camden, Croydon, Greenwich, Haringey, Hackney, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark, Waltham Forest, Westminster and Wandsworth.

While Sarah went on to garner fame on the folk scene with award-winning quartet, Flook, Cathy continues to teach, write and perform as Bangers & Smash – occasionally joined by Sarah as a special guest. She provides regular and bespoke music sessions and performances as well as entertainment for children’s parties. Fun, creative and educational, sessions include the opportunity to sing, play instruments and listen and move to music – both live and recorded – including original Bangers & Smash songs.

Bangers & Smash celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017 and continues to educate and entertain little smashers across the capital!

Sarah Allen

Sarah Allen


Live & kicking

At Bangers & Smash, we like to keep our sessions kicking and our music live.

While it's great to listen and sing along to recorded music, there's nothing like live instruments to get the party going. It's also fantastic for little smashers to experience everything that goes with live sound: the thump of the drums; the trill of the flute; the wail of the saxophone.

Loud or soft, groovy or mellow – live music is at the heart of the Bangers & Smash message. Help keep it live with Bangers & Smash!

Find out more about our regular and bespoke sessions and our children's parties.


‘A fabulous music class that fits in really well with our weekly themes’
Annie – teacher, The Oval Montessori Nursery, Oval

'I’ve never seen the children so engaged’
Elizabeth – nursery assistant, Goslings Day Nursery, Nunhead

'Watching a whole class enjoying and actively participating in Cathy's music lesson was inspirational. It also reminded me how a music experience of this type fully supports the Early Years language curriculum'
Anita – teacher, Hitherfield Primary School, Streatham

'Just to say a huge thank you. We have lots of happy parents and the children are still singing this morning! Your input was so much appreciated and we are looking forward to building this relationship.'
Mandy – head of nursery, Under the Willow Nursery, Dulwich

'Cathy has been our music teacher for over seven years. Our children enjoy her music lessons which focus on all the areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. Her lessons encourage children to learn about the world by using multicultural musical instruments. Cathy is one of the best music teachers we have had the privilege of working with'
Nkechi – managing director, Young and Smart Nursery, Lewisham

‘Cathy and Derek get everyone dancing and playing simple instruments. Great fun!’
Joanna – librarian, Roehampton Library

‘My daughter loves music and so do I – lovely to see live instruments
‘Interactive and fun with lots of variety’
'Great having instruments
Alessy, Charlotte and Eleanor – parents, Roehampton Library

'Rupert has always loved your guitar sessions ever since he started at nursery. He often talked about Cathy and would strum our old guitar, singing a song that went 'hello, hello, hello everybody, hello'. Many thanks for giving our son so much joy!'
Stephen – parent, Le Nid Nursery, East Dulwich

'Fantastic to see my son enjoying his 4th birthday making music with friends... thank you, Bangers & Smash!'
Vikki – parent, children's party, Peckham

'Thank you for so many fun music sessions and our brilliant Christmas shows!'
Molly – former pupil, Mother Goose Nursery, Denmark Hill

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A music session at Eltham Library resulted in a photo op for these two little smashers with Bangers & Smash founder, Cathy Clethero (née Tozer)!

What does Ofsted think of our teaching?

Occasionally, our tutors' work is inspected by Ofsted. Here's what they've said...

'Music is a real strength of the nursery. A visiting music teacher gives the children excellent opportunities to learn unusual and interesting songs and to compose their own about events in their lives such as visiting the seaside. In these sessions, the children are taught to recognise simple rhythms, to hear music from different cultures and to play instruments such as drums. They listen well to music played on a guitar, moving gently to the rhythm.'

Ofsted report - Mother Goose Nursery, Peckham

'Teaching is good. All classes are taught by the same teacher, who is an excellent musician and who is an experienced performer. This inspires many pupils to perform, who may not otherwise have had the confidence to perform. All teaching is of good quality and there are several very good features. The teacher demonstrates what she wants pupils to do. They follow willingly. Relationships are very good and making music is fun. All want to take part. Music-making is ambitious and really gives the pupils the chance to find out what they can do.'

Ofsted report - Hitherfield Primary School, Streatham