Spending time with student clarinettists is becoming increasingly fulfilling as part of my schedule. Through my research projects and chamber music performances, I’ve been evolving new ways of addressing the challenges that many younger players encounter in the journey towards personal and musical maturity. Informed equally by historical literature as well as modern science, clearer explanations have emerged for the building of secure technical foundations that happily link to a natural sense of musical expression and flow.
Historical literature reminds us how closely music and speech can be in certain repertories. Beyond the essence of the singing line and a cantabile style, the nuances of speech bring our playing to life, encourage wit and humour, and stimulate the imagination.
Within my teaching studio I aim to blend an awareness of the approaches of the past with the latest in performance and education research to ensure that your practice is as productive as it can be in the light of the busy lives we all lead.
I am particularly interested in ensuring that students understand their role in sound production and air support. Building the foundations on solid ground is essential and key to a long and successful playing career.
I teach modern and historical clarinets and chalumeaux
At the Guildhall School I am professor of early clarinets and chalumeaux
I am available for consultation lessons in my studio or via Skype
I teach and coach at the Lythe Chamber Music Course, a residential 5-day summer programme
In my private studio I work with students at different stages of development on any clarinet.
Please contact me via this website for more information. I’d be delighted to explore ways of helping you meet your clarinet-playing goals!