Piano Teacher Singer Songwriter
January 2017 -
Delighted to meet my musical hero Howard Jones, a true piano and synthesiser legend.
I started piano lessons aged 7. My mother played to a good standard and I was really lucky because there was always a piano at home. My sister also played; perhaps I was always trying to catch up with her. Whilst she did take piano exams, I never did. It was all just for fun.
I worked hard through my teens to get my GCEs but music was not one of them.
Then I did A level Maths, Physics and Chemistry. My interest in electronic music grew. In 1987 I bought my first ever synthesiser, a Roland D20.
I then studied Engineering Science and Technology at Loughborough University. I did start to have a few piano and singing lessons at this time, but I didn’t commit and give music serious attention. Interestingly, my final year project did involve music technology though.
After university I started work as a telecoms engineer for Mercury Communications in Bracknell. I moved to Newbury in 1996 to work for Vodafone.
Throughout this time I was always writing songs and composing with piano and synthesisers, more as a hobby really.
At the end of 2003, after 13 years in telecoms, I left Vodafone. I had become totally disillusioned and felt I had sold my soul for the promise of a 'secure career path with a bright future'. I walked away, knowing there had to be more to life than this.
In early 2004 I made a very tentative start in giving a few piano lessons from home. I found it really rewarding and it was certainly very different then a mad commute to work each weekday. Things grew from there really. Slowly but surely, I started teaching more and more children from the local schools, as well as adults of all ages and abilities. Fast forwards to day, and the show must go on!
I have a 20 year-
My own tastes in music are obviously biased towards anything piano or keyboards based. Pretty much anything pop, rock, dance, contemporary, electronic, old piano classics, etc.
Thanks for reading. Please just ask if you have any questions at all.
With kind regards,