Information About Chris - Westminster teacher - (4 reviews)
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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 with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra since September 2017 and Welsh National Opera since November 2019 and freelanced with a variety of orchestras including London Concert Orchestra, English Touring Opera, Brighton Philharmonic, London Contemporary Orchestra, Brandenburg Sinfonia, Arensky Chamber Orchestra, Covent Garden Sinfonia, Novello Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru.
My private practise of 14 years includes students of all ages and abilities. Below is a list of formal teaching posts
- Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School / young musicians (9/2017-3/2019)
-Artsfirst - Wider Opportunities - Clarinet (9/2016- 1/2017)
-Twyford CoE School - Clarinet & Saxophone tutor (9/2016-7/2017) (M.C)
-St James prep school Hammersmith - Clarinet tutor (9/2016 - 3/2019)
-Wyborne School in Eltham (Sept 2011-May 2012) wider opportunities clarinet lessons
-St John's Preperatory & Senior School (Jan 2011- May 2012)
-Arts Academy scheme - Professor of Clarinet (Nov 2009-Aug 2012)
In terms of wider educational experience, I have delivered workshops in schools on contemporary music, outreach workshops in schools with children aged 7-10 and coached chamber groups as well as conducted and coached adult learner and amateur orchestras.
I am currently the wind and brass coach with Amati Orchestra, an advanced amateur orchestra. With the Gelachter trio I have given workshops at schools such as Rodean school, Brighton and a masterclass on chamber music at Leeds College of Music.With the Goodman Quartet I worked for the 'Live Music Now!' scheme in special educational needs schools delivering workshops and performances across London between 2011-2015.
Between 2011-2013 I was the musical director/conductor for Fleet orchestra, working with and coaching adult learners in an orchestral environment, as well as guest conductor for 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. I believe having a tangible and clear marker of progress is important-I do encourage pupils to work towards grade exams, though not essential.
I'm able to offer lessons online over zoom / skype / facetime and have taught primarily through this medium since March 2020.
I was lucky to have a fantastic clarinet teacher during my primary school years and the memory of his lessons has always stuck with me. I want pupils come away from my lessons feeling enthusiastic and inspired to go and discover and enjoy music as I did.
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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)
- WJEC/ Friars School (2006) - A Level Music (School) (✔ On File)
- ABRSM (2005) - Grade 8 Distrinction (Other) (✔ On File)
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