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I graduated from Royal College of Music in 2010 with a 2:1 in Clarinet performance / BMus. Prior to studying at the college I attended the Royal Northern College of Music Junior Dept. During my studies I won the Steven Trier prize for Bass Clarinet, was selected as a Rising Star to perform in the Cadogan Hall series and also gained a place on the English National Opera Emerge scheme.
Since leaving the RCM 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.
My private practise of 11 years includes students of all ages and abilities. Below is a list of formal teaching posts
- Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School / young musicians (9/2017-)
-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 - )
-Wyborne School in Eltham (Sept 2011-May 2012) delivering wider opportunities group 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 level amateur orcehstra. 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 engaging 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 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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