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Since graduating from Royal College of Music in 2010 I have been working professionally in a variety of musical contexts within the UK and abroad with various orchestras / opera / theatre companies etc as well as extensively as a chamber musician, conductor/orchestral coach and occasionally as a soloist.
As an orchestral player I have been on trial for Sub-Principal Clarinet & Bass Clarinet with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra since September 2017 and the same position with Welsh National Opera between Nov 2019-July 2021. Based in London, I maintain an active freelance career performing with a variety of orchestras which has recently included London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Manchester Camerata, English National Opera, London Chamber Orchestra, Birmingham Royal Ballet, London Concert Orchestra.
My private practise of 16 years includes students of all ages and abilities and I have taught in both public and private sector and at university level. This academic year, my students have gone on to perform with National Children's Orchestra, gain places at Royal College of Music Junior Department as well as received music scholarships to some of London's most prestigious independent schools.
Below is a list of formal teaching posts:
- City of London Academy Hackney (2022-)
- Durston House Preparatory School (2021-)
- Larmernier & Sacred Heart Primary School (2021-)
- Barnes Primary School (2021- 2022)
- Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School (2017-2019)
- St James prep school Hammersmith - Clarinet tutor (2016-2019)
- Artsfirst - Wider Opportunities - Clarinet (2016-2017)
- Twyford CoE School - Clarinet & Saxophone tutor (2016-2017) (M.C)
- Wyborne School in Eltham (2011-2012) wider opportunities
- St John's Preperatory & Senior School (2011-2012)
- Arts Academy scheme - Professor of Clarinet (2009-2012)
In terms of wider educational experience, I have coached chamber groups at conservatoire level (Leeds College of Music) as well as conducted and coached adult learner and advanced amateur orchestras. I am currently the wind and brass coach with Amati Orchestra, an advanced amateur orchestra. With the Quartet I worked for the 'Live Music Now!' scheme in special educational needs schools delivering workshops and performances across London.
Between 2011-2013, I acted as musical director/conductor for Fleet orchestra, working with and coaching adult learners in an orchestral environment, and have worked as a guest rehearsal conductor for Whitehall Philharmonic, Aldworth Philharmonic and Chiltern Edge Orchestral Society in Reading.
I aim to create an open environment where pupils feel they can ask questions, discuss outcomes and be in control of their learning. A sense of feeling guided and not dictated to, whether children or adults, beginner or advanced is central to my approach. I believe having a tangible and clear marker of progress is important so I do encourage pupils to work towards grade exams, though this is not essential.
My approach is centred around the idea that music is best learnt through building a stable instrumental technique and understanding of the musical idioms (scales/arpeggios/musical structures-notation) so for beginners I focus on building structure and routine. Ultimately my aim is that pupils come away from lessons feeling enthusiastic and inspired to go and discover and enjoy music and the idea that the above gives them the autonomy to do that.
I offer lessons online over zoom / skype / facetime and have taught through this medium for students abroad and since March 2020. I have also found that a hybrid approach can work well for some advanced students which can help with regularity where school scheduling and extra curricular commitments are complicated.
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Additional Languages: Welsh
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Royal College of Music (2010) - BMus 2:1 Clarinet Performance, RCM (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
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