I am a cellist with several years performing and teaching experience. I teach both children and adults from beginner to advanced standard. I believe that everyone is an individual and learns in different ways, and my teaching style reflects this.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
I have an interest in historical performance, so as well as the cello I can also teach the baroque cello and beginner viol players. I specialise in chamber music and enjoy coaching chamber groups.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
I have a BMus (hons) and MMus (with distinction) from Birmingham Conservatoire, and am currently doing a PhD at the university of Birmingham. I also have taken the NSPCC course in child protection for music teachers.
- How much do you charge?
I charge £35 per hour, and £20 for half an hour.
- Where do you teach?
I generally teach at my home in Tile Cross. It is easily available by bus and only a short walk from Marston Green Train Station. It is about 15/20 minutes drive from the city centre.
- When are you available?
As I am a freelance performer, my timetable is very flexible. I usually teach either in the afternoons and evening, but am also happy to teach at weekends or during the holidays. Contact me with your requirements and it should be possible to work something out!
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach any age and any level
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I am happy to teach via Skype if requested.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
I am a friendly and encouraging teacher, and believe in adapting my teaching style to each individual. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.
- What kind of experience do you have?
As a performer i am known as a soloist, chamber musician and continuo player. Whilst studying at the Birmingham Conservatoire, i won every prize available, including the Sylvia Cleaver Chamber Music Prize, the Derek Young Memorial Award for Chamber Music, the Birmingham Symphony Hall Prize, The Leamington Music Club Prize, The Corton Hyde Early Music Prize, The Ambache Prize, the Birmingham Conservatoire Strings Prize, the Doris Newton Club Prize, the John Ireland Prize, and the Birmingham Conservatoire Concerto Prize. After i graduated, i was asked to return the following year to do a Junior Fellowship, which involved teaching and mentoring the students.
I regularly perform at differing venues across the UK, which include intimate chamber venues as well as larger establishments such as The Southbank Centre in London, Birmingham Town Hall, Sheffield Town Hall and the Warwick Arts Centre. I am a member of The Hepplewhite Piano Trio, who i will be recording with in the forthcoming year for Convivium Records, and have been asked to do a tour a tour of China with. As soloist i have performed on BBC Radio 3's 'In Tune', and have performed with several professional orchestras, including a tour of China with The Orchestra of the Swan.
I have an interest in historical performance, so as well as the cello, i also play the baroque and classical cellos, the viola da gamba and tenor viol, the bass violin and the arpeggione. I am currently involved in researching the bass violin and its role in England.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
- Where and with whom did you train?
I studied at Birmingham Conservatoire under the tutelage of Richard Jenkinson, Richard Lester, Alexander Baillie, Henrik Persson and Joe Crouch. I have also studied with Richard Tunnicliffe and Adrian Brendel.
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
I am currently a member of the musicians union and ISM
• BMus (hons)
• MMus (distinction)
• MU, ISM
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