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Instruments Taught


Hourly Fee
Beginner £42.00
Intermediate £42.00
Advanced £42.00
Expert £42.00
Casual £42.00


Hourly Fee
Beginner £42.00
Intermediate £42.00
Advanced £42.00
Expert £42.00
Casual £42.00

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Personal Description:

I am a saxophonist, clarinetist and composer and Professor of Saxophone at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. I hold Master's Degrees from both the University of Cambridge and the Royal Northern College of Music. I have had the pleasure of performing at World and European Saxophone Congresses as well as at the RNCM and CCCU Saxophone Days. I have recorded a number of solo and chamber albums, which have been played on BBC Radio 3, on which I have also performed live.

I am a City Music Foundation Artis, Park Lane Group Artist, BBC Introducing Artist, Live Music Now Artist, a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, and have won awards from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, RNCM and St. Catharine’s College.
I am a performing artist for Henri Selmer Paris Saxophone and Vandoren Reeds UK.

My students have gone on to gain places at Royal College of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Trinity Laban Conservatoire, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and in ensembles including National Youth Wind Orchestra, National Youth Concert Band, National Youth Music Theatre and National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

I have had the pleasure of playing with orchestras including Philharmonia Orchestra, London Contemporary Orchestra and Royal Ballet Sinfonia as well as with jazz ensembles at Montreux and London Jazz Festivals and other jazz clubs across Europe.

I maintain a YouTube channel of teaching resources to help saxophone and clarinet students, which receives over 40,000 views each month (over 3.5 million views in total.)

Tutoring Experience:

- Professor of Saxophone, Guildhall School of Music and Drama (2020-)
- Visiting Professor of Saxophone and Electronics, Guildhall School of Music and Drama (2018-20)
- Taught classes as a visiting tutor at Royal Northern College of Music, Trinity Laban Conservatoire, Royal Welsh College of Music, Salford University, York University and whilst on tour in the USA at UCLA and Cal State Fullerton
- Guest saxophone tutor for the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain
- Saxophone tutor for residential courses at Benslow Music (2017-)
- Teacher of Saxophone and Clarinet, Royal Grammar School High Wycombe (2017-)
- Teacher of Saxophone and Clarinet, Hillingdon Music Service (2014-)
- Teacher of Classical Saxophone, University of Liverpool (2013-14)

Tutoring Approach:

I teach students from complete beginners through to aspiring professionals (both adults and children) and tailor my approach to the individual student. Every student is at a different level and has different goals, whether than be gaining a place at conservatoire or simply playing for fun! I teach jazz and classical styles and everything in between!

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Native Language: English (British)
Availability: Weekdays (all times)
References Available: No (✘ Not On File)


  • Royal Northern College of Music (2013) - MMus Saxophone Performance with Distinction (Masters) (✔ On File)
  • University of Cambridge (2010) - BA (Hons) (2.i) (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
  • University of Cambridge (2010) - MEng (Merit) (Masters) (✔ On File)

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