I have extensive musical experience as a school teacher, bandsman, chorister and a conductor and I specialise in both the piano and trombone. Experience the joy of learning music.
Singing in all voices of the male range in a number of amateur choirs is one of my skills. My piano career started at the age of 6. Achieving Grade 8 in ABRSM and LCM by the age of 14. After that, I chose to join the armed forces.
Being a member of the volunteer bands with the Royal Navy and retiring as assistant conductor to the Royal Marine Colour Sergeant Bandmaster was a big achievement. This experience led to further study in this field and summer courses with Laszlo Marosi and Guy Wolfenden with an opportunity to explore the professional world of conducting covering stage musicals, orchestras, many bands and ensembles. Conducting the Darlington Community Wind Band, Garforth Jubilee Brass Band and the Micklefield Male Voice Choir increased my passion for music.
Certificate of the Piano Teachers Course
PGCE (Secondary) Music
BA (Hons) Humanities with music (Open University)
Bass Trombone for the Yorkshire Volunteers Band
While serving the Royal Navy and simultaneously enrolling for a degree programme, I went to Durham University for PGCE post retirement. David Young Community Academy in Seacroft, Leeds helped me complete my qualified teacher status. Retiring from the forces kindled my interest for music all over again. After challenging myself to retake Grade 8 in a year and the Piano Teaching Course provided by the European Piano Teachers Association, my next target is a performance diploma.
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