When I improvise, it’s like going for a walk in nature: I discover beauty, I don’t devise it!
As an artist, I work to create rich, beautiful and powerful and accessible piano music, sometimes with vocals. I trained as a classical pianist at the Royal Northern College of Music but am also very influenced by jazz and soul music and am a very fluent improviser in many styles. My influences are very eclectic: Chopin and Stevie Wonder are perhaps my biggest!
I have been teaching piano for over 20 years. I provide inspiration together with a clear and disciplined path to make learning to play the piano a fascinating and enjoyable experience. I have my own unique and radical method which develops practical musicianship skills such as the art of piano improvisation, fluent sight-reading, playing by ear and the ability to learn new music very quickly. I offer training in classical, jazz and popular styles.
After many years of teaching singing, I now use my own comprehensive vocal model which enables students to unlock their true, natural singing voice. I also teach musicianship and performance skills which combine with a strong singing technique to help you become a great singer with a powerful, expressive voice.
My composition and theory lessons are based on a deep understanding of the principles of rhythm, structure and tonality. This approach generates facility and unlocks powerful creativity.
I have many years’ experience accompanying singers and providing inspirational coaching to help them find deeper confidence, musical assurance and expressive magic in their vocal performances.