Lessons will be tailored to the individual. Whilst giving a lead and direction, I will encourage students to come to conclusions themselves. I can provide tasks, written and verbal feedback, exemplar work, and recommendations for websites and other resources that might be helpful and inspiring.
Mentored younger siblings through GCSE and A level as well as for instrumental exams; they have gone on to achieve A*s and distinctions.
Tutored a pupil for his Grade 5 Music Theory.
Led and directed chamber ensembles, orchestras and choirs.
Patience and encouragement is key, as well as finding the most effective methods of explanation and demonstration for individuals.
The School of St. Helen and St. Katharine, Abingdon – 2008-2015
The Queen’s College, Oxford University – Started October 2015
Grade 5 Theory – Merit, 2008
Violin grade 8 – Distinction, 144, March 2012
10 GCSEs – A*
Singing grade 8 – Distinction, 134, December 2013
Piano grade 8 – Distinction, 136, March 2014
Music A2 Level – A
English A2 Level – A
Latin A2 Level – A*
August 2010 – 1st violin in Pirates of Penzance with Opera Anywhere
December 2012 – Chamber Music for the Lord Mayor in Oxford Town Hall
May 2012 – 1st violin in ‘Mikado’ with Opera Anywhere
9th February 2013 – Young Artists’ Platform with Oxford Philharmonic
2013/14 Concert Season (October-August)
Following a successful work placement with Oxford Philharmonic, I was and continue to be offered paid employment in their box office and provide hospitality at events, including selling and sorting out tickets, selling programmes, dealing with late-comers, managing intervals drinks, clearing away
after interval/ concert, selling CDs.
These experiences allowed me to develop a fuller appreciation of teamwork and communication skills.
Since then, I have asked and been asked to fulfil similar roles for the orchestra at different occasions, a few dates in particular being:
2016 30th July – 7th August
March 2014 - Led the pit band for John Mason School’s production of ‘West Side Story’.
Summer of 2014
I tutored a pupil in preparation for his music theory examination for which I was paid. Teaching one-to-one was a different experience and tested the way in which I communicate with someone of his age. I felt I approached lessons with patience, encouragement, and taught in a way which was concise and easy to understand.
July 2015 – Taverner Choir project
After an audition process, I was selected to sing alongside the Taverner Choir with Andrew Parrott in a concert in York Minster in July; a ‘Western Wind’ CD was also produced. Singing in a professional environment encouraged a sense of maturity to develop and drove me to achieve high standards. .
30th July and 13th August 2016
I worked as Front of House staff for Opera Anywhere for their productions of ‘Pirates of Penzance’. My responsibilities included selling tickets and programmes in the box office, organising seating, directing the audience to their seats, serving drinks in the interval. I was the only person working Front of House which demanded a calm manner under pressure.
August 2016 – October 2016
I worked at East West Provisions, a grocery shop on the Woodstock Road. My responsibilities included: managing the desk and till, tidying and cleaning the shop, ensuring the shop is fully stocked, providing excellent customer service. Unfortunately, the shifts became inconvenient, so I applied for another job almost immediately.
October 2016 – April 2017
I thoroughly enjoyed working as Receptionist at 42 St. Giles’ Dentist, providing hospitality and acting as the main point of contact for patients. My responsibilities included: data logging; booking appointments; managing the money and the main reception in general; cleaning; selling products.
July 2018 – Opera Anywhere
I performed a paid role with Opera Anywhere in one of Puccini’s lesser known operas, ‘Suor Angelica’. This Opera company asks its performers to audition and appear in operas or concerts as and when needed; it is not a company with which one has a permanent contract. I rehearsed for this particular opera twice in advance of the performance and sang a solo in its pre-performance concert.
5th – 12th October 2018 – Kingfisher School, Abingdon
I have an interest in the effects of music therapy, and I sought to develop this interest by spending half a term working in a school for children with special needs. I observed their behaviour and responses, especially in relation to the arts, and now I hope to apply that knowledge to aspects of my university degree.
October 2018 – Oxford Lieder Festival
I assisted at the various talks and concerts provided by the Oxford Lieder Festival, overseeing the organisation and running of events as well as handing out programmes and stewarding.
November 2018 – Corona Strings
Corona Strings is a group of professional players from the Oxford area conducted by Janet Lincé. It offers a range of musical styles, from classical European to American, Australiasian as well as contemporary pieces and commissions. Last November I was invited to play in their concert at St. John the Evangelist Church, Oxford.
January 2019 – Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra
I played with YMSO at Westminster City Hall as part of the American Choirs Festival.
Since October 2016, I have been playing at events in Oxford with chamber ensembles and singing with The Queen’s College Chapel Choir at weddings and festivals.
WORK EXPERIENCE/VOLUNTEER WORK
I completed a week of work experience in the music department of my secondary school in 2013. The administrative tasks I undertook involved photocopying, completing concert programmes, organising a music filing system, invigilating for practical examinations and showcasing the department in the school magazine. This required efficiency and an ability to manage workload.
I also gained experience with Oxford Philharmonic in 2013, organising databases and preparing activities for various events.
In the sixth form, I set up and ran musical ensembles, including string chamber groups and a choir. The sense of responsibility this entailed increased confidence in my leadership skills.
In November 2014, I was a member of the management team of a student-run orchestra; I have had the opportunity to display initiative in organising the event.
In the academic year of 2017/18, I took on the role of librarian for The Queen’s College Eglesfield Music Society. My duties included ordering, collecting, sorting, photocopying and returning music, as well as addressing questions or requests from other members of the society.
String Recital Class, Oxford Music Festival, Jan. 2012 – winner
Apprenticeship Scheme with Oxford Philharmonic
Young Artists’ Platform with Oxford Philharmonic – won the chance to give a recital in the Sheldonian Theatre Feb. 2013
Maurice Jacobson Award for General Musicianship, (voice and violin), Oxford Music Festival, Feb. 2013
1st prize at Latin Reading Competition, Oxford, 2013
Frances Kitching Award, Feb. 2014
Sixth form choral scholarship with the Christ Church Cathedral Singers, July 2014
Masterclass with Nicola Benedetti, 2015
Choral scholarship with The Queen’s Choir, Oxford, 2015
Instrumental scholarship at Queen’s College Oxford, 2015
• I have led the Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra and its Touring Orchestra from 2014-2016. It has offered opportunities to perform in the Royal Albert Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall. The responsibility this role required has instilled assertiveness in me and developed leadership skills.
• I am a member and scholar of St. Anne’s Camerata, Oxford. This select group requires short, intense rehearsals, enhancing concentration and interaction within a chamber ensemble context. We play a diverse range of music, calling for different skills and stylistic flexibility. We also play for composition and conducting workshops for students. The ensemble played alongside the Maxwell String Quartet which was in residence in 2014/2015, providing an insight into the life of a professional musician.
• Other ensembles which have provided me with similar opportunities are the Oxford University String Ensemble and the Oxford Ripieno Players (student-led). I have shared the leadership of both ensembles.
• I have performed with the Oxford University Orchestra (OUO) and the Oxford University Philharmonia Orchestra (OUPhil). OUO is conducted by professional musicians; their reputations and rigorous rehearsal discipline creates a professional atmosphere and high standards are achieved. OUPhil is student-conducted, meaning that one has to adapt to and be more sympathetic to a less experienced conductor. Limited rehearsal time requires a large amount of preparation to be done independently.
• It is a privilege to sing with Schola Cantorum of Oxford, previously under the direction of Jamie Burton, and now Steven Grahl. The group’s positive dynamic and enthusiasm for music enables detailed ensemble work.
• The Sinfonia of Lincoln College, Oxford, has become an ensemble with whom I perform regularly and often lead. The programmes vary from Mozart-dominated to Strauss’ Four Last Songs!
In 2006, I played the violin with the National Children’s Training Orchestra, this being my first experience as part of a serious orchestra. I then went on to lead the Oxfordshire Schools Symphony Orchestra and its Touring Orchestra in 2010/11.
In 2007, I performed Richard Stilgoe’s ‘5000 Children’ with the Oxfordshire Massed Choir for Water Aid as part of the Youth Proms in the National Festival of the Music for Youth at the Albert Hall, and I was lucky enough to sing a solo.
I have also played the part of Amahl in ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’ by Menotti, Cornerstone Theatre, 2009, and performed in Britten’s ‘The Little Sweep’ and ‘The Selfish Giant’ by Rose, all with Opera Anywhere. I took part in a workshop with Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Dec. 2012.
In my first year with the Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra, 2011, I took part in the performance of John Traill’s new work, ‘Oxonia’, on the last night of the BBC Youth Proms.
I appeared in ‘Evita’ with the Oxfordshire Youth Musical Theatre in March 2012.
Singing with the Oxfordshire Youth Chamber Choir provided me with the opportunity to take part in the ‘Britten Writing for Voices’ project in 2013. The concert, in which I sang a solo, took place in the University Church, Oxford, and was broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
In February 2014, I played the violin in the band for my school’s production of ‘Guys and Dolls’. I have also played for three productions with the Oxfordshire Youth Music Theatre including ‘Miss Saigon’ and ‘CATS’ in the Theatre at Headington, and ‘Crazy For You’ at the Playhouse, Oxford.
At university, 2016, I was asked to play in a recording of excerpts from the ballet ‘Till Damaskus’ by the Swedish composer Ture Rangström. This project was particularly exciting as I was faced with unfamiliar repertoire and performed a solo.
For the past three years, I have sung for the Oxford Lent Concerts in The Queen’s College Chapel, charity events featuring music on Lenten themes.
In October 2017, I took part in a vocal masterclass on performing the music of Rameau with English Touring Opera. Though I have had French pronunciation classes, it was a completely different experience to be introduced to the true French operatic style of music.
I frequently perform with The Choir of The Queen’s College Oxford and Schola Cantorum in venues in Oxfordshire and London, including Westminster Abbey. I have toured Portugal, Spain and Taiwan with Queen’s, and have been asked to travel with the choir of Lincoln College to the USA this Easter.
More recently I have been performing with YMSO, having been recommended by players in Oxford. After the first performance at St. John’s Smith Square in London, November 2018, I was asked to take the role of Principal Second Violin for future concerts depending on my availability.
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