Pianist, Piano Teacher, Piano Accompanist
Highly qualified pianist and teacher of excellence
Yeovil, South Somerset
Update - November 2020:
As is the case with so many people all over the world, my teaching and engagements were temporarily affected by the Coronavirus.
Music - whether we are listening to it or playing an instrument such as the piano - can be wonderfully soothing during such stressful times.
I look forward to a time when we can all return to a more normal life. In the meantime, I am pleased to say that I have resumed face to face piano lessons at my home - with appropriate health measures in place. However, for those who prefer, I am also offering online lessons via Zoom video-conferencing.
If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to get in contact through my website - I would be pleased to hear from you!
Welcome to my website and the wonderful world of the piano!
My musical journey:
I was born in Basingstoke and come from a non-musical family. I began learning the piano at the relatively late age of 10. From day one I loved the feel of the keys and the sounds they could produce. I passed all of the Associated Board's piano examinations within 5 years, taking 3 exams within the space of a year (3 Distinctions in Grades 1, 6 and 8 and 5 Merits!). My early training was with Edith Say in Burnham-on-Sea. Latterly I studied with Beryl Tichbon and Norman Jones in Bristol, who were both former students of Tobias Matthay. As an undergraduate I won many competitions in the south-west of England and gave piano recitals in Bristol. At the age of 13, I also studied the Violin with Cissie Hudson in Burnham-on-Sea and Anne Hirsch in Bristol and reached Grade 8 standard within 4 years.
During that time I was a 1st Violinist with the Somerset Youth Orchestra, the Weston Youth Orchestra and played with many local ensembles, at one time taking part in a master-class with the cellist Paul Tortelier.
In 1978 I was offered a place at the Royal College of Music in London, where I studied the Piano with Professor Yu Chun Yee and the Violin with Professor John Ludlow. As a violinist, I played in the College’s Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of such luminaries as Riccardo Muti and Claudio Abbado. I was extremely fortunate to have been a student at the RCM when Sir David Willcocks was Director and sang in the RCM Chorus, which he conducted, an unforgettable experience.
In 1981 I graduated with a degree in Music: GRSM (Hons.) and a Diploma in Piano Teaching: ARCM.
I have latterly participated in master-classes with Martino Tirimo in London and with Paul Roberts in France, specifically the music of Ravel, Debussy and Granados.