Information About Garrath - Barnsley teacher
Bass Trombonist Garrath hails from Saddleworth - the heart of Brass Band Country in the Pennines! With this in mind it is easy to see where he got his early musical inspiration! Garrath started playing at the age of 10 and is an ex member of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and has played for many of Europes leading Brass Bands: Grimethorpe Colliery, YBS, Brighouse & Rastrick, Black Dyke, Williams Fairey and BNFL amongst others.
Garrath studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where he studied the bass trombone with Adrian Morris (Hallé Orchestra), Chris Houlding (Ex Opera North), John Iveson (Covent Garden / BBC Symphony and Philip Jones Brass Ensemble), Ian Bousfield (Vienna Philharmonic), Ben Van Dijk (Rotterdam Philharmonic) and James Gourlay (International Tuba soloist), he also took part in masterclasses with Joseph Alessi (New York Philharmonic) and Dave Taylor (NY Recording Artist), Doug Yeo (Boston Symphony), Roger Bobo (International Tuba Soloist) and the world famous Canadian Brass. In his final year at the RNCM Garrath took part in the Art of Teaching scheme, where students are given all the neccesary tools to teach pupils of all ages how to play brass instruments - he also took part in the community music programme at the Whitworth Art gallery in Manchester, this scheme involved teaching larger groups of children - basing composition and performance workshops on gallery exhibits, this work counted towards their GCSE music coursework. Garrath has also had the pleasure of coaching chamber ensembles and brass sections of varying standards throughout the UK and Europe.
Upon leaving the RNCM Garrath has lead a busy and diverse freelance musical life performing with all sorts of ensembles. He has worked with the Hallé Orchestra, Hallé Brass 10tet, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, The Syd Lawrence Orchestra, Andy Prior Big Band, Underdog Ensemble, Remix Ensemble (Portugal), Holland America Cruise Line Big Band, The Royal Variety Performance Orchestra in 2005 & 2007, Dame Shirley Bassey's Orchestra, Ensemble11, Sinfonia Cymru, Welsh Chamber Orchestra, Bluejuice Big Band, Georgina Bromlow Big Band, Mark Gillbanks Big Band and the Nelson Riddle Tribute Orchestra, the Equale Trombone Quartet and the Northern Trombone Quartet. Pro Theatre Orchestra Productions include - Disneys: Beauty and the Beast, Guys and Dolls, West Side Story and 42nd Street as well as performing in the BBC Voice of Music Theatre Orchestra. He performs all over the UK and has played in Ireland, France, Germany, Monte Carlo, Spain, Italy, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Greece, Morroco, Portugal, The Azores, The Bahama's, Barbados, St Maarten, Malaysia, Bermuda and the USA.
Outside of the barmy world of music Garrath is a passionate cricket fan and a member of the Yorkshire County Cricket Club. He trys to get to as many matches as possible during the season. Other interests include walking in the Yorkshire countryside, rugby, football, cooking, cinema, red wine and spending time with his lovely fiancee Joanna!
Education Bradford - Brass Tutor
Calderdale Music Service - Brass Tutor
Guiseley Music Centre - Brass Tutor
Junior RNCM - Cover Trombone / Bass trombone Tutor
I apply a fun and friendly approach to my teaching, however if I am working towards something with a pupil (exam etc) I do expect them to do the required work / practise in their own time.
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- BMus (Hons) GradRNCM