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Kristine
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Kristine
« My daughter (aged 10) and I have really appreciated the singing lessons we have had with Alastair. He has the right balance between pushing us to work hard and making the lessons enjoyable. He is always ready to answer questions and finds it easy to teach the art of singing through the kind of music the student wants to learn - whether it be psalms, hymns, folk tunes or songs from musicals. He is both punctual and reliable. »
£30/h
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Lessons offered by Alastair
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at his home
  • at your home
Taught subjects
  • Piano
Levels
  • All Levels

Alastair - Galleywood - Piano

Methodology

I am a professional singer working in the classical music profession and a second study pianist.

- Which subject(s) do you teach?

I teach singers from all levels and backgrounds, from complete beginners to advanced, with whom I work as a vocal coach.

I am also happy to teach piano to beginners.

Additionally, I am happy to act as a piano accompanist in graded music exams for any instrument.

- Tell me about your qualifications.

I have an BA in Music from Oxford University (where I also was a choral scholar).

After leaving Oxford I went to the Guildhall School of Music, where I studied singing and gained a Postgraduate Diploma and Masters in Music Performance.

I also have ABRSM Grade 8 Distinction piano.

In addition, I have a good knowledge of German, having lived in Germany and learnt the language as a child.

- How much do you charge?

£30 per hour
£20 per half hour

All-inclusive fee of £70 for exam accompaniment (includes individual learning, two rehearsals with the examinee, and the day itself).

- Where do you teach?

I teach at students' houses, but can teach at home in Chelmsford during term time.

- When are you available?

My diary is flexible due to my performing schedule. The only day I don't teach is Sunday.

- Which ages and levels do you teach?

I am able to work with singers from all levels and backgrounds, from complete beginners to advanced, with whom I would work as a vocal coach.

I am also happy to teach piano to beginners.

- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?

I prepare my students for the ABRSM singing exams, although this is by no means compulsory. We just find it a good focus for the lessons.

- Do you have a personal message for students?

I have a wealth of experience through my performing, both as a singer and pianist, and have a love of Classical music in particular. It is always a great pleasure to pass on this knowledge and enthusiasm to others.

Background

- What kind of experience do you have?

Ongoing freelance work with the choruses of English National Opera (with whom I have appeared in over 20 productions to date) and Welsh National Opera.

I have also sung on the concert platform with the Netherlands Radio Choir, BBC Singers, Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, and Philharmonia Voices.

In addition, I am an active oratorio soloist and have sung a number of solo operatic roles with smaller companies in the UK and abroad.

2 years' as a singing lay-clerk in Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford.

I am currently a member of the professional choir of the Temple Church, where I have been a Choirman since 2004.

- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?

I have an up to date DBS (July 2017).

- Where and with whom did you train?

Oxford University

Guildhall School of Music (with Laura Sarti)

I have ongoing singing lessons with Gary Coward

- Tell me about some of your current students.

I am currently teaching both children and adults.

Rates

Rate for a 1-hour lesson. : £30/h
Lessons offered by Alastair
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at his home
at your home
Taught subjects
  • Piano
Levels
  • All Levels

Alastair's CV

• MA in Music (Oxford University)
• PGDip and MMUS in performance (singing)
• CRB approved as of July 2017

3 reviews on Alastair
  • 5/5

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3 recommendations

K
Kristine

My daughter (aged 10) and I have really appreciated the singing lessons we have had with Alastair. He has the right balance between pushing us to work hard and making the lessons enjoyable. He is always ready to answer questions and finds it easy to teach the art of singing through the kind of music the student wants to learn - whether it be psalms, hymns, folk tunes or songs from musicals. He is both punctual and reliable.

B
Ben

My daughter got 125 marks (mid-merit) for her grade 6 trumpet exam. Both she and I were really happy with the work you did as her accompanist - you were very supportive and confidence inspiring which helped her, and you were 100% reliable and reasonable with your charges which helped me!

We would be very happy to use your services again

L
Laurel

Thank you for being so encouraging, Alastair. You explain things in a way that makes sense to me and inspires me

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