As is the case with so many people all over the world, my teaching and engagements have been 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. 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.
Pianist, Piano Teacher, Piano Accompanist Highly qualified pianist and teacher of excellence
I have taught the piano for over 30 years, predominantly in London and latterly in the South-West of England. I have a very broad teaching experience which has encompassed private and peripatetic teaching in both the independent and state sectors at primary, secondary, further education and higher education levels.
I have a very varied performing experience. I have performed as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral pianist and accompanist in London, Denmark, France and the South-West of England (including concerts at Wells Cathedral, Strode Theatre, the Bristol Music Club, the Octagon Theatre and Montacute House).
I have accompanied some of the world's finest opera singers. I have performed in concerts and master-classes and have acted as the official accompanist for various operatic and music theatre competitions in London, Sherborne and Yeovil.