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Catherine

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  • Hourly rate £60
  • Response Time 1h
  • Number of students 6
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Experienced 'cellist & renowned teacher (RCM professor) offers 'Baroque' to 'Modern' cello tuition at all levels. Currently lessons are online only.

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I'm an imaginative and friendly teacher and an experienced and versatile cellist who has performed internationally with leading ensembles on both period and modern instruments for 25 years. I have taught at the Royal College of Music since 2003 and I offer both individual lessons and chamber music coaching to private students and adult amateurs.

I studied with the great American pedagogue Steven Doane (among other distinguished 'maestri') and as a result I have many 'pearls of wisdom' to pass on!

I aim to demystify technical problems, to help you develop strong musical instincts and most of all to have fun and enjoy the process!

- Which subject(s) do you teach?

Cello
(including Baroque & Classical style)

- Tell me about your qualifications.

GRNCM (Upper Division)
RAM Certificate of Advanced Studies
LRAM Teaching Diploma
M. Mus (Eastman School)
ARAM (Associate of RAM - honorary award)

- How much do you charge?

£60 an hour

- Where do you teach?

I usually have a teaching studio just off Highbury Fields (5 minute walk from Highbury & Islington station), but currently lessons are online only.

- When are you available?

Since my busy performing schedule is cancelled until further notice, I am able to be very flexible regarding online lesson times, while the "new normal" daily routine settles in.

- Which ages and levels do you teach?

10 yrs and above. No upper limit!

I don't specialise in beginners but several adults have persuaded me to teach them 'from scratch' and they are all doing very well !

I aim to instil confidence by applying basic principles of balance & ease of movement, focusing on beauty of sound, good sense of pitch, strong rhythm and the subtleties of phrasing with the bow as our means of musical expression. I try to convey relevant technical tips, to give a sense of the musical context and to encourage a positive attitude to practising and performing, whatever the level!

- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?

Associated Board - but only if the students are keen to do exams.

- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.

As this is currently the only option, I have adapted to teaching via Skype and Zoom. I also have Whats App and FaceTime. I am happy to scan practise handouts & email lesson notes as required. Obviously it's not quite the same as working 'live' but it seems to be going pretty well and the music industry is being very helpful with technical advice.

- Do you have a personal message for students?

We play the most beautiful instrument ;) but practising on your own can be frustrating. I have lots of ways to demystify technical issues and I aim to help you develop strong musical instincts. Most of all I hope you have fun and enjoy the process!

subjects

  • Cello

languages

  • English

levels

  • All Levels

About Catherine

- What kind of experience do you have?

I have over 20 years of teaching experience across the board - from working with advanced students at music college to taking players of all ages to Grade 8 with excellent results. I am equally happy to help those who prefer not to take exams and I enjoy working with adult amateurs on preparing chamber music and orchestral parts. Having been persuaded to take on some adult beginners I am absolutely stunned at their progress!

I have been on the Faculty of Historical Performance at the Royal College of Music (Baroque & Classical Cello) since 2003. I have also coached string quartets at Pro Corda North, taken the cello sections of London Schools Symphony Orchestra and Cambridge University Music Society, taught on the Ithaca College Exchange Program and externally for the Purcell School, given a cello class at Guildhall School and deputised for Alexander Baillie at the Bremen Hochschule.

I co-led a three-day Bach workshop for Sir John Eliot Gardiner's "Monteverdi Apprentice" Scheme together with Kati Debretzeni and have also taken part in a workshop on Verdi's Requiem with colleagues from the ORR. In 2018 I gave masterclasses on Bach's Cello Suites in the USA, as a guest of the Cello Faculty at the Eastman School, NY and at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. I was also the continuo tutor for the Britten-Pears 'Young Artists' Programme' Baroque course (Handel's Theodora) at Snape Maltings. In 2019 I was invited to lead a three-day 'residential' string quartet course at a private home, for very advanced amateurs!

I really see no divide between these areas as I believe in applying 'first principles' at every level, however simple or complex the repertoire.

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

Yes

- Where and with whom did you train?

Emma Ferrand - Royal Northern College of Music
Alexander Baillie - Royal Academy of Music
Steven Doane - Eastman  School of Music, N.Y.

Masterclasses
Steven Isserlis & Ralph Kirshbaum - Prussia Cove
Karine Georgian & Frances-Marie Uitti - Dartington Summer School

Chamber Music coaching
Christopher Rowland, Eli Goren, Sir Michael Tippett, Sidney Griller
& members of the Amadeus, Takács, Smetena, Bartók & Vermeer Quartets

Historical Performance classes : Eastman School
Baroque - Paul O'Dette & Christel Thielmann
Classical - Malcom Bilson, Gretchen Wheelock

- Do you belong to any professional organisations?

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (1995-) no. 2 & guest principal
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique (1996-) co-principal
English Baroque Soloists (2000-) co-principal
Les Siècles (2017, 18, 19, 20) - guest principal
Musiciens du Prince (2019) - guest principal
Royal College of Music (2003-) - faculty
Musicans' Union - member

- Tell me about some of your current students.

They range from students at the Royal College of Music and on the Monteverdi Apprentice Scheme to keen adult amateurs playing regular chamber music, to adult beginners, to teenagers between Grades 5 and 8, plus some younger colleagues who wish to explore Historical Performance.

Rates

packages

  • 5h: £300
  • 10h: £600

webcam

  • £60/h

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