About Me

I was attracted to piano at ten years old when we had an old piano in the house for a few months. 
As it seemed unlikely I'd get the chance to learn, I took up the offer to learn clarinet when I started secondary school. I played clarinet for three years before switching to cornet as it was a 'brass band' school. I played in the school and music centre bands until leaving school at 18.
I was lucky enough to be able to begin piano lessons with the then new church organist when I was 14 and was able to practise in church until an aunt provided me with a piano.
My varied experience as a youngster also included a spell in charge of the junior choir at church where I introduced the Royal Schools of Church Music training scheme.

After a gap I restarted piano lessons as an adult and was pressed into service as a church pianist, firstly on an occasional basis then more regularly on a rota and finally playing for weekly services for over 20 years. I still play on an occasional basis.
I studied music theory beyond grade five and achieved a distinction mark for each of grades six to eight.

I was offered the loan of a clarinet and joined Abney Orchestra almost immediately. After two years having an occasional lesson I decided to take the instrument more seriously and began regular lessons while progressing from third to first clarinet in the orchestra. I also play with The Light Orchestra G.B. and deputise for Oldham Symphony Orchestra rehearsals. 

Students are able to prepare for exams or Festival performances and I organise an annual concert for Adult Learners of all instruments.

My range of musical experiences enable me to meet the needs of a wide variety of learners.
Being committed to professional development I continue to study both piano and clarinet in addition to orchestral playing, taking up performance opportunities and attending courses.
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