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Clarinet

Hourly Fee
Beginner £40.00
Intermediate £40.00
Advanced £40.00
Expert £40.00
Casual £40.00

Saxophone

Hourly Fee
Beginner £40.00
Intermediate £40.00
Advanced £40.00
Expert £40.00
Casual £40.00

Music Theory

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Beginner £40.00
Intermediate £40.00
Advanced £40.00
Expert £40.00
Casual £40.00

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Personal Description:

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 between Nov 2019-June 2021 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, and Sinfonia Cymru.

Tutoring Experience:

My private practise of 14 years includes students of all ages and abilities. Below is a list of formal teaching posts:

- Durston House School (9/2021)
- Larmernier & Sacred Heart Primary School (9/2021)
- Barnes Primary School (1/2021-)
- Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School / young musicians (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 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 advanced 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 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 rehearsal conductor for Aldworth Philharmonic and Chiltern Edge Orchestral Society in Reading.

Tutoring Approach:

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 this is not essential.

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 our lessons feeling enthusiastic and inspired to go and discover and enjoy music as I did.

I'm able to offer lessons online over zoom / skype / facetime and have taught through this medium for students abroad and during the various lockdowns since March 2020.

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Native Language: English (British)
Additional Languages: Welsh
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

Qualifications:

  • 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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