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About me

  I am a qualified teacher with over 30 years’ experience of instrumental and class music teaching in Essex. I am DBS checked.

   I have a Bachelor of Music (Hons) from Royal Holloway College, University of London, PGCE from Reading University, bassoon teaching diploma from Trinity College of Music, London (LTCL) and ABRSM Grade 8 clarinet (distinction).

   I am Principal Bassoonist with the Essex Symphony Orchestra and play with the Danzi Wind Quintet.  I am Bassoon Tutor to the Essex Youth Orchestra and Essex Young People’s Orchestra.

  Music began for me with the recorder at primary school, moving onto the clarinet at secondary school and discovering the bassoon at the age of 13 .

  I first learned with Essex peripatetic teachers and then moved on to lessons with Vernon Elliott. He took me through to my LTCL bassoon diploma at Trinity College of Music whilst I was studying at Royal Holloway College, University of London, for my Bachelor of Music.  I then trained as a teacher at Bulmershe College, University of Reading.

  I started my orchestral experience with the King Edward VI Grammar School Orchestra and then played in Essex Youth Orchestra throughout my teenage years. I joined Essex Symphony Orchestra when I returned to Essex to begin my teaching career and have been there ever since! I also play with the Danzi Wind Quintet, a group of Essex Symphony Orchestra wind players.

   I have combined whole class primary music teaching and instrumental teaching for many years. Now I concentrate solely on instrumental teaching.  I offer lessons in bassoon, clarinet, recorder, flute, saxophone and music theory at home in Wickford, Essex. I currently teach at Elm Green Preparatory School in Little Baddow, St Anne's Preparatory School in Chelmsford and Westcliff High Schools for both Girls and Boys.  My pupils range from beginners to advanced, five year olds to adults.