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When I started teaching, I didn't anticipate how much I would really come to enjoy it. I thought it might be something I did to tie me over, but then I was like, "Nope. This is great. This is what I want to do."

 

I love it because it's about connecting with lots of different people and working together to create these moments of joy through music - whether that's in the music room, in front of friends, or on stage. It's  rewarding to see people develop skills in something they want to do, watch as they grow in ability and confidence, solve problems, overcome obstacles, and actually shine and do brilliant things.

Piano Think Tank | Schema Coaching

Pieces I Love to Play

Ravel, Jeux d'eau

Chopin, Ballade No.3, Etude No. 3 "Adieu", Prelude in Db "Raindrop", Berceuse

Debussy, Clair de lune, Arabesque No. 1

Various Improv pieces

Gershwin, I Got Rhythm

Madonna, Holiday (own little arrangement)

JS Bach, Goldberg Variations: Aria; Preludes; French Suites

Schubert, Impromptu No. 3

Billy Taylor, I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel To Be Free

Teaching Positions

• Course Leader in Ensemble Performance, The University of Manchester - 2016-present

• Professional Development Tutor and Manson Fellow, Royal Academy of Music - 2013-2017

• Composition and Gamelan Workshops with LSO Discovery & Royal Holloway, University of London  - 2012-2015

 

Performance & Composition

Albums and other instrumental pieces as Ok Bertie!

Performances and workshops at WOMAD Charlton Park, Southbank Centre, BBC Madia Vale, and internationally in UAE, USA, Japan and Indonesia.

• LSO Soundhub Composer - 2014-2015

DBACE Award for Performance and Composition - 2010

Training and Education

• Schema Therapy Training with Schema Therapy Associates - 2022-23

• PhD in Composition, Royal Academy of Music - 2012

• Masters in Advanced Musical Studies - Royal Holloway, University of London - 2005

• Training in classical piano with Shelagh Sutherland and Cristine Mackie.

Memberships

• International Society of Schema Therapists (ISST)

• Independent Society of Musicians (ISM)

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