Teaching is an integral part of my work as a musician, whether on a one-to-one basis or leading workshops and rehearsals. I particularly enjoy the variety of this aspect of my work: it might involve teaching 6-year-old Capulet and Montague gangs; leading a group of people with Parkinson’s Disease in raucous pirate shouts; or persuading Royal Academy postgraduates to sing while encumbered by a human crinoline skirt.
I co-lead weekly workshops for the English National Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s programme in Oxford, and lead regular ‘A Musical in a Day’ holiday workshops for children at Didcot’s Cornerstone Arts Centre. As part of MuMo, I collaborate with dancers Roosa Leimu-Brown and Louisa Dalton on sessions that use storytelling, music and movement to explore different environments—for example, the exhibits of the Museum of English Rural Life, where Roosa and I recently conducted a series of workshops for the University of Reading.
As well as playing for their rehearsals, I give workshops and tuition in performance to members of the Musical Youth Company Oxford (12- to 18-year-olds). I’ve led ‘Make a Musical in a Day’ workshops for Didcot’s Cornerstone Arts Centre, and musically directed Creation Theatre’s ‘Put on a Musical Play in a Week’ sessions, with ages ranging from 6 to 16. Other projects have included workshops for teenagers at the Birmingham Hippodrome, for Live Nation Theatre, sessions in primary and secondary schools and for a special needs school; and MDing groups at the Pauline Quirke Academy and Stepping Stones Performing Arts.
Lessons & Tuition
I give tuition to singers in musical accuracy and interpretation, and coach piano students for ABRSM and Trinity Guildhall grade and diploma exams. I also accompany singers and instrumentalists for every level of examination, including Diploma recitals.
I’m a member of the Musicians’ Union and follow MU guidance on rates.
£202 per day (pro rata; max 5 hours)
Grades 1—5 £42.50
Grades 6—7 £64
Grades 8 & Diploma £85
All rates include one 40-minute rehearsal (60 minutes for Diploma)