I began playing the piano by ear at a very young age and could play very demanding music by the age of 12, having passed all my grades with distinction. I had great teachers in Ella Pounder then later Denis Matthews. I studied piano with Ryszard Bakst at the Royal Northern College of Music and also had singing lessons with Vera Cross. I won the Elizabeth Hannah Lees Scholarship and the Frederick Dawson piano prize and after graduating with a first, I’ve performed regularly ever since. Over the years, I’ve played many classical concertos and given many piano recitals. For the past decade, I’ve focused on performing my own solo shows with greater emphasis on my own compositions and improvisations, recordings of which I release regularly.
After graduating, I began teaching piano and singing in the conventional way, successfully taking students to grade 8 and beyond but always longed to teach my own fluent approach fostering skills like improvising, playing by ear and true sight-reading. For a few years, I taught A level music and production at Aquinas College – and FE college in Stockport. Whilst working there, studying for my PGCE, I realised that I wanted to develop a new ground-breaking practical training system for developing the kind of fluent musicianship I possess. I now teach piano and singing using this system and have created a unique training course called PlayPianoFluently.
My full CV is available by request.