I am an experienced and enthusiastic tutor of clarinet and saxophone teaching both children and adults in South London, having spent many years teaching a wide variety of pupils at different ages and levels, from complete beginners to advanced students up to Grade 8. I have a particular interest in and experience with adult beginners/returners, and one of the most rewarding parts of my job is helping people who thought they would never be able to play an instrument to achieve their musical goals later in life. I hold an ABRSM Clarinet Performance Diploma (Distinction), and with over 40 years’ playing experience, I perform regularly across London and the South East on clarinet, bass clarinet and saxophone.
After beginning clarinet at the age of seven and growing up playing in local bands and ensembles, I moved to London in 2000 where I quickly became involved in the local music scene. I've always had a strong bias towards community and voluntary groups, mostly because I firmly believe that bringing communities together through playing music is one of life's joys, but also because great music happens when everyone’s there because they want to be, not because they have to be.
As a member of symphonic wind ensembles, jazz orchestras and chamber groups I’ve performed all across the London and the South East in the last twenty years on clarinet, bass clarinet and saxophone. I’ve played at Oxford Street’s famous 100 Club, the Grosvenor ballroom, Eltham Palace and the Oval Cricket Ground with a 50-piece Jazz Orchestra, on stage at Central Hall Westminster with US wind band composer Frank Ticheli, on a large percentage of London’s beautiful bandstands, and at a whole host of regular London events, from the annual Dulwich Festival Concert for Children, the Sydenham Festival and the lovely Croydon Minster, and, recently, Southwark Cathedral and St George’s Chapel Windsor Castle with the Central Band of the Royal British Legion, which frankly was a bit of a bucket list tick!
When we're not restricted by COVID, I spend most of my time outside teaching playing and depping with local community groups, and am also involved on an organisational level with a community concert band in Crystal Palace.
I would love everyone to have the same passion for music – and especially ensemble playing – that I do, because there’s really nothing better. And that’s why I teach.