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I am a freelance musician living in West London specialising in playing and teaching recorder. On this site you will be able to access information on all my musical activities including details of my recordings "Fusion" and "Exposure" and future recital dates. As a performer I play solo recorder works and duet as "Duo Ricercare" and with "The Stanesby Players", performing with guitar,harpsichord,viola da gamba and triple harp, covering a wide range of music from Medieval to Jazz and Contemporary. My repertoire extends to performing with recorder consorts and chamber groups.

As well as giving individual lessons for recorder,piano,brass,theory,musicianship and G.C.S.E music, I coach recorder consorts,ensembles,lead workshops and take master classes throughout the U.K.and further afield. I teach on recorder courses and conduct the Exeter Recorder Orchestra.I adjudicate a wide range of instruments both here and worldwide and
 am a General/Diploma examiner for Trinity.I play Tenor Horn with Fulham Brass Band and accompany a viola player in a mixed repertoire.

"..how does he do it and how the heck does he make it look so deceptively simple!  I didn't even hear his heart beating in the J.van Eyck and I was sitting in the front row.  Did he steal the show?.."

Judith Sweeney 

"You looked so good today and played so beautifully,and you ooze confidence!"

Gill Dury  

 


 

 

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Birmingham in 1967 I studied recorder with Paul Clark before attending Trinity College of Music, London.  I undertook a four year performance course studying with Philip Thorby.  Further studies were with Eve O''Kelly in London and Marijolein van Roon in Amsterdam.  I have been a finalist in the Moeck Solo Recorder Prize on two occasions and perform in both Early and Modern ensembles  playing a wide range of music.  I have appeared on recordings as soloist and in consorts and performed with the harpsichordists Maria Boxall, Helena Brown and Akiko Imai.  My partner in the recorder/guitar duo is the versatile guitarist Graham Roberts. I perform with Yats Soon-Yeo and Ibi Aziz in a Baroque Ensemble "The Stanesby Players" and with Robin Ward on triple harp in a recorder/harp duo. My CD recordings include my feature debut album "Exposure"  and the follow up CD "Fusion" for recorder and guitar.I also appear on "Tell Tale Ducks" with Respectable Groove. 




"...an appealing,expressive and fine tone..can give shape and eloquence by sensitive phrasing.."   Paul Clark  Recorder Magazine

 

 VENUES

   Bretton Hall                    Cheltenham Town Hall   

   Royal College of Music               Lauderdale House     

   Warwick ArtsCentre            Burgh House

   RiverHouse Barn                 Prince Michael Hall    

   Midlands Arts Centre                 Tudeley Parish Church 

                 Government House  Canberra

                  St George's Chapel Bristol    St George's Hanover Square

Yellow Brick Road Cafe Kuala Lumper    Forty Hall


 
 FESTIVAL APPEARANCES

 Brighton Festival    

 Cheltenham International Music Festival

 BrumFest




APPEARANCES WITH

   The Stanesby Players           West London Bach Players  

    Collegium Musicum of London      Camerata da Chiesa           

    The Recorder Smiths      Tempo Primo                   

    Respectable Groove        Duo Ricercare               

                  Trio Ricercare    Wicked People Ensemble

   Linnet Baroque

 

 

 LATEST NEWS:

2023: January started with my final Friars course after over 15 years of tuition! We played music by composers such as Bach, Maute, Leenhouts, Byrd and muli-choir muisc by Gabrieli. I began a series of on-line workshops on the music of H.M.Linde: some of his Modern Exercises alongside Fantasien & Scherzi and Music for a Bird. Our annual lunctime appearance with ERO at Exeter Cathedarl went well with a first performance of a new work written by one of the members. I helped out Regent Brass at a composer's workshop at Eton. In February I did a presentataion for the U3A in St. Albans talking and performing a wide range of music and on various sizes of recorder. Also a Gabrieli workshop for Sheffield SRP. The Areas in March saw Fulham Brass competing in the Champioship section performing Wilby's Red Priest. Not a great result for us but we stay in the same league for another year! More face-to-face examining this year too which is great to get back to. A workshop with young students and performong in a Baroque Concerto concert was rewarding in West London. Performing in March and June with a newly formed group Linnet Baroque which includes soprano singer provided new and interesting new repertoire for me. Another new veture in April and July playing in a recorder consort made up of other professional recorder players performing a wide-range of music. Adjudication for North London Music Festival. Playing Day for Manchester SRP with music by Bach,Gershwin and Gabrieli. A Gabrilei workshop in July for Dunorlan Recorders and our ERO summer concert with guest spinet player Rosemary Robinson. Recording and filming Spring & Summer by Zahnhausen provided another challenging but rewarding experience.  Brass band playing in August at The Great British Beer Festival and Westminster Gardens. Conducting and depping for other brass bands during September and October. Playing Day for Oxford SRP and a Gabrieli workshop for Newcastle SRP. Successful audition to be on WI panel for giving talks and presentations about the recorder and it's music. Examining for Trinity in Wimbledon.  Recital with Linnet Baroque at the start of December presenting an Advent programme featuring female composers in the repertoire. Joint concert with Wimbledon & Putney brass band with festive music. 

2022:

A good start to the year with The Friars recorder weekend. Music by Bach, Eton Choirbook, Linde, East, Zelinski and Tye. I performed an online recital to the Dunstable U3A. Rehearsals start in earnest with Fulham brass band ready for our concerts and contest in March. I give online workshops looking on the music of Matthias Maute. A Playing Day for Birmingham SRP with music by Bach,Gershwin and Gabrieli. In March I gave a recital/presentataion for students at Liverpool Hope University playing a mix of music but mainly modern repertoire. Fulham Band came 7th in the Area finals-a great result for our first time in the Championship section.A Baroque Concerto recital with the Stanseby Players in April playing great music with a talented bunch of musicians.The Spring Concert with Fulham Brass was with guest percussionist Simone Rebello who was outstanding.The ERO Summer Concert was in Plymouth with guest soloist Alfie Pugh on percussion and piano.We played a great variety of music and the response  was enthusiastic. I played with Fulham Brass Band at the Regent Park bandstand and helped out other bands Staines and Enfield in their summer concerts.Did some face to face examing for Trinity which was good to get back to after the digital online exams.A modern course at the Friars in September with music by Vaughan Williams,Staeps,Linde and Robinson.Fulham Brass Band played at Regent Hall in October with a programme of mainly new and comissioned music.Recording and Filming in November of Autumn & Winter by Zanhausen was challenging but rewarding.

2021:

A mix of lessons and workshops on line for the start of the year. A major online recital playing Markus Zahnhausen's "Signs of the Seasons" which  is a 40 minute depiction of the year in music.The composer was present to talk and discuss about the four pieces that make up the work .

Am doing a "Meet the Composer" series this year(see Diary for more details) and have Walter Mays, Andy Meyers, Steve Marshall, Markus Zahnhausen,Matthias Maute,Ben Thorn,Soren Sieg and Zana Clarke signed up.

I have been giving online workshops covering music by van Eyck,Telemann and Maute. Also following on from the Zahnhausen recital presenting workshops looking at the music and styles of The Signs of the Seasons.

I have been doing online examining for Trinity and adjudications for the East London Music Festival and Hong Kong Schools Music Festival.

September saw a Modern Recorder weekend at the Friars and a rehearsal with ERO and was good to be back with nearly all members present. An online "Meet The Composer" session with Andy Meyers included the premiere of a new work written for me.This used five different sizes of recorder and was with a backing track. The end of the month saw a Stanesby Players concert in Tudeley which with music by Castello,Telemann,Couperin and Corelli.

October started with a lunchtime concert at Regent's Hall,Oxford Street with Fulham Brass Band playing the music of Bruce Broughton.

 

2020:

January Friars course saw music by Paul Clark,Bach and the Eaton Choir Book.Some tricky parts but good fun.

Joined a new brass band in Fulham and working towards Championship section contest in March.Due to circumstances this did not go ahead but the band played the test piece out at a concert the week before.

February Concert with ERO in Exeter cathedral.Music by Sieg,Watkins,Staeps and Strauss.Solo item by one of the ERO members playing Marshall Concertino for Contra Recorder.

April/May:Concerts and reherasals have been hit by the pandemic so watch this space! doing online lessons....

June/July:started online recitals for SRP branches and private groups.This includes talking and looking at musical extracts from a variety of countries,styles and using a variety of recorders.

Sept/Oct:contiuing online recitals which are going well.Various programmes and good response from the audiences.More face to face lessons and a mix of online tuition as well.First ERO rehearsal since March which went well and following the guidelines. Played Schmelzer,Warlock and Gabrieli.Also first brass band rehearsal with Fulham Brass Band since our concert in March.

Nov/Dec: More online recitals and another ERO rehearsal.Mix of lessons and workshops.Planning for 2021 includes workshops and recitals.

 

For previous years then see Actvities Page 2014-2020

 

"To me, the talented beauty of it was that The Stanesby Players looked and spoke and played as if they were friends, just enjoying a gig on a wet Saturday night in Camden Town".

Judith Sweeney 

 

"...I so enjoyed The Stanesby Players concert last night.  Thank you for a most enjoyable and horizon-stretching programme.... Judith Sweeney

 

Performances with Robin Ward on a variety of Recorders and Harps.Here are a few clips on YouTube.

C.P.E Bach:http://youtu.be/yLlx7c4ivUA

Fontana:http://youtu.be/Ahi6aZOSPfg

Dowland/Van Eyck: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o0aJgHRUic

 

 

"LOVED the concert guys - innovative and fantastically diverse program. I particularly loved the C.P.E. Bach (that was me shouting brava by the way...)"

Jessica Templeton 

 

FORTHCOMING APPEARANCES:

SEE DIARY PAGE FOR INFORMATION.

 

                                          "..your magnificent solos at the concert.....you opened the eyes of so many to the quality and versatility of the recorder.." Len Grey

 


 

Zoom Recitals
 "...You played all pieces with real musical understanding and emotion. I especially enjoyed your explanation for each piece.
 
Your performance of the "Dancing Skunk" was brilliant, very rhythmic and dance like! 
 It was interesting to see how you relate to your students. What you are doing with Zoom looks good and is effective. That's encouraging to me...."
 
Walter Mays composer of "Song of the Dancing Skunk" 2020
 

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