I've taught a handful of students over two years, of which one has gone on to achieve Grade 6 standard in under 2 years. I promote the exciting reasons to learn the cello, offering personalised creative exercises to enhance technique and musicality in accessible and enjoyable ways so that practice is a joy as opposed to being a despair. I've been an inspiration to many throughout my progression as a cellist and hope that I will continue to do so!
I started playing the cello at the age of 9 as a hobby that I thoroughly enjoyed, and progressed rapidly to achieve a distinction in my ABRSM Grade 8 Cello in 2011, age 12. In 2012, I became a member of the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain, and as part of the orchestra, I played for the Queen at her diamond jubilee. Since then, I have won dozens of trophies at the Southampton Music Festival of Music and Drama, as well as many awards as a cellist, including the Southampton Choral Society Young Musician of the Year. I led the cello section of the King Edward VI school orchestras as well as the Southampton Youth Orchestra from 2012-2016, and performed the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Southampton Youth Orchestra in both the Turner Sims Concert Hall and the Prague Museum of Music in 2014. It was during this time that I taught myself chordal perfect pitch, which means I can identify all the notes of a chord at will! Furthermore, I participated in the Concerto Competition, hosted by the Winchester Symphony Orchestra in 2014, and was the runner-up in that competition. I have been teaching both cello since January 2014, and greatly enjoy promoting the enjoyable aspect of learning a musical instrument, thinking outside the box to come up with fun and creative exercises to enhance pupils’ learning experience. Throughout my years at King Edward VI School, I have participated in and helped organise all sorts of ensembles, which have included octets, piano trios, string quartets and even a performance of “I see fire” by Ed Sheeran involving vocals with string backing!
Growing up, I faced verbal and physical abuses, as well as beatings. I ran away from my parents’ house multiple times because of this, and have estranged myself from them. This has led me to having acquired a massive amount of determination, both to learn new things, and to pave a way through my life. I started learning the cello at the age of 9 as my primary instrument, and would go on to be a member of the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain, playing for the Queen at her Diamond Jubilee with the orchestra (2012), as well as being the cello section leader of Southampton Youth Orchestra (2012-2016), cello section leader of the King Edward VI School Orchestras (2011-2016), and went on to play the Elgar Cello Concerto as soloist with the Southampton Youth Orchestra, both in the Turner Sims Concert Hall in Southampton, and also abroad, in the Prague Museum of Music.
As a teenager, I won awards in numerous music competitions in Southampton, including a concerto competition where I performed the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Winchester Symphony Orchestra, to save up money to estrange myself from my parents. At school, I also co-directed and played in numerous piano trios and string quartets, amongst other quirky ensemble combinations. Because of this, I have required great punctuality and fantastic organization skills, people skills, leadership skills, and a very high attention to detail. Natural gifts include excellent mental arithmetic, and interests in squash, badminton, cooking, baking and chess!
I completed secondary school and sixth form at King Edward VI School, Southampton, doing Maths, Further Maths, Music and Chemistry, and then went on to where I am currently studying mathematics, at the University of Birmingham. My greatest assets in teaching are clarity and a wide range of approaches, coupled with a lot of patience to aid understanding. I like to focus on giving an enjoyable and inspiring learning experience, in such a way that progress isn't prohibited.
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