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Alongside her performing career, Sheida taught at the City of London School for Girls and South Hampstead High School. She established cello ensembles in both schools, using her own arrangements of popular and classical music. She aims to encourage the development of group skills, which are essential elements of all string-players' futures. Paying special attention to listening and rhythm, these sessions compliment what has been learned in individual lessons and provide a fun context in which these skills can evolve.
Guy JohnstonPatron, Tutor 2010
Born into a musical family, Guy Johnston joined his brothers in the Choir of King's College, Cambridge and went on to study cello with Steven Doane, David Waterman, Steven Isserlis, Ralph Kirshbaum, and Bernard Greenhouse. He achieved early recognition winning the BBC Young Musician of the Year award in 2000, appearing at the Opening Night of the BBC Proms in 2001, and being chosen Young British Classical Performer at the 2002 Classical Brit Awards. One of the leading cellists of his generation, he performs with major orchestras worldwide and is regularly broadcast on BBC radio 3. The Daily Telegraph praised him for his 'lustrous, sensitive artistry', and his Chandos recording of David Matthews's Concerto in Azzurro earned him a Gramophone Award nomination. He is a founder member of the Aronowitz Ensemble, appeared with Steven Isserlis at the 2010 Cheltenham Music Festival, and regularly attends the Open Chamber Music seminar in Prussia Cove and residences in Aldeburgh. A visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music, Guy Johnston also gives classes at the Royal College of Music and Chetham's School of Music, and is currently working on educational projects with the Wigmore Hall. He is a patron of such charities as Future Talent, Harpenden Musicale, 'Cellos Rock!', and the Niemann-Pick Disease Group, and recently ran the London Marathon to help raise £20,000 for the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust.
Tamara Diakow - General MusicianshipTutor 2015-16
Tamara has taught clarinet and saxophone at the City of London School for Girls and St. Christopher's School for a number of years. She directs various ensembles in both schools, including the CLSG Jazz Ensemble, which she also founded. Tamara is a freelance musician and performs with various ensembles, bands and orchestras. She is also a DJ. In her spare time, she supports Arsenal football team, where she has a season ticket; she is a keen tennis fan and regularly watches Roger Federer at Wimbledon. She is also an avid reader, and is a big crime fiction fan.
Caryn Cohen - ViolinTutor 2011-16
Caryn studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Jean Harvey and Lydia Mordkovitch. Whilst there she formed the Regent quartet and won the Academy’s prize for best quartet, as well as the JC Wyse prize for violin performance. The Regent quartet has gone on to have a busy concert schedule, recently including performances at the Brighton Festival, Cambridge Corn Exchange Theatre and The National Portrait Gallery.
Rachel Ford - CelloTutor 2010/12-13
Rachel’s musical education started in the East Sussex Music Service. She continued as a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music at the Junior Department, during which time she won a government scholarship to study at the Purcell School of Music. She then went on to study with Derek Simpson through the Intermediate Department of the Royal Academy of Music before going on to gain her Bachelor’s degree and LRAM Teaching Diploma from the RAM.
Catriona Hetherington - CelloIndividual lessons 2008-2013
Catrìona Hetherington studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, first of all at their Saturday Junior School under Timothy Paxton and later as an undergraduate and postgraduate student under Robert Irvine. In 2000 she was awarded Distinction in a Master of Music Degree. Subsequently, she received a number of awards and scholarships, the most prestigious being from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the KPMG/Martin Musical Scholarship Fund and the Musicians Benevolent Fund for further studies under the renowned cellist Robert Cohen in London and at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland. Specialising in unaccompanied solo cello performance, she has given many solo cello recitals around the UK, including a performance of all six Bach Suites over two consecutive nights at the RSAMD and a recital in St David’s Hall, Cardiff. In March 2002, she won a U.S. based VSA Arts Rosemary Kennedy International Young Soloists Award which led to performances in the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. as well as performing live on Fox Television. From 2002 until 2007 Catrìona undertook many concerts for ‘Live Music Now!’, which was founded by the late Yehudi Menuhin to take live music performed by young professional musicians to a wide range of audiences. During this period, she also performed regularly in workshops for ‘Connecting to Music’, an Edinburgh International Festival education project. She has recently completed a research project with the aid of Dewar Arts Award sponsorship entitled ‘A consideration of left-hand cello technique, inspired by violin playing, with particular reference to practising Paganini’s Violin Caprices opus 1 on the cello’. As well as solo cello performances Catrìona now also focuses on individual tuition
Alice Jones - CelloTutor 2015-16
The first few years of Alice’s life were spent in London before her family moved to Mid Wales. There she took up the cello after watching a demonstration of the instrument at school. Seeing that it was decidedly bigger than her sister’s violin, she knew in was the instrument for her! Alice’s joy for playing and teaching was inspired by her first teacher, Mira Henderson, who would regularly organise cello events for her students. These days, Alice’s students range in age from 5-70. She teaches at Nonsuch High School for Girls, Sydenham High School for Girls and on Junior Trinity’s String Time Programme. She also devises the Trinity Teenies music classes for 3-5 year olds and runs Boppin’ Bunnies classes for 0-4 year olds.
Alice studied music at Dartington College of Arts, graduating with a first class honours degree in 2006. She went on to study with Joely Koos at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance on Pearson and TCM scholarships, graduating with a Masters in 2011. Over recent years Alice has played at Sadler’s Wells, Spitalfields Music Festival, on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune series, at the Royal Albert Hall and at The Sage, Gateshead where she performed Dvorak’s Cello Concerto. She has performed recital concerts with the Florestan Duo around the UK and abroad. In 2015, Alice recorded the music for the puppet show, Beegu and has performed in the Evelina De Lain Trio. In March she performed Max Bruch’s Kol Nidrei with the Cobweb Orchestra and a Concertino composed for her by John Hawkes with the Tyndale Symphony Orchestra.
Anna Morrison - CelloTutor 2010-13
Anna is from Edinburgh where she started to learn the cello at the age of eight. She joined the sixth form at Chetham's School of Music in 1998. She subsequently studied at both the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music obtaining a First Class Honours Degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance.
Anna Mowat – CelloTutor 2009 & 2011-12
Anna enjoys a busy freelance career in London. She has performed extensively giving solo recitals at the City of London Festival, "Live" on Classic FM, St Martins in the Field, Rye Festival, and gives an annual concert at the Pump Rooms, Bath.
Jeffrey Phillips – ViolinTutor 2012-13
Jeffrey Phillips is a founding member of the Cadillac Moon Ensemble, Nemus Duo and Eriksson String Quartet. He has performed with the Artemis Chamber Ensemble, Mimesis New Music Ensemble, Scandinavian Chamber Orchestra of New York and Sequenza21 at venues including Symphony Space, the Flea Theater, the Kennedy Center, Cadogan Hall and the Gershwin Hotel in New York City. Jeffrey obtained his MMus at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music and BMus at St. Olaf College while studying violin and chamber music with Laurie Smukler, Calvin Weirsma and Andrea Een. He also did a two-year apprenticeship with the Manhattan String Quartet. He currently teaches violin and viola in addition to being director of string ensembles at Thomas’s Fulham.
Helen Reid – PianoTutor 2009-2012
Helen Reid first came to public attention when she appeared on BBC2 in the National Keyboard Finals of the BBC Young Musician competition in 1998. In 2000 she won first prize in the Karic International Piano Competition. In 2006 she was hailed as a ‘rising star’ in The Independent magazine.
Anna Wagstaff – CelloTutor 2009-2011
Anna has been teaching cello for ten years and now runs a teaching practice from her home studio in East Berkshire. Anna is also a great ambassador of chamber music and has taught young students in string ensembles at the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music for several years under the guidance of Wendy Max. Anna previously taught at Goodwyn Prep School in Mill Hill and for Hertfordshire County Music Service. As a performer Anna has studied and performed extensively with the Vilensky String Quartet, playing at venues in London, across the UK and in New York. With other chamber ensembles she has performed at the Perdenone Silent Film Festival in Italy, at the London Turkish Film Festival at BAFTA and on the Saga Pearl II Cruise Ship down the Amazon River in Brazil. Anna also performs as a freelance orchestral player and in a Duo with pianist Tanya Ursova. Alongside her performing and teaching career, Anna also runs her own business Vilensky Event Music supplying professional musicians to high end weddings and corporate events in London and the South East.
Joseph Wolfe - ViolinTutor 2011
Joseph Wolfe began violin lessons at the age of five, first with the Suzuki method, then with Sheila Nelson, who introduced him to string quartets at the age of nine. He soon formed the Cromwell Quartet (1981-88) which won the Schools Prom Chamber Music Prize in 1986 and performed at the Albert Hall, London, and broadcast live on BBC2. Joseph won a music scholarship to the City of London School in 1980 where he won the string prize five years running. In 1984 Joseph went on to study with Bela Katona at Trinity College London and from 1988-1990 took lessons with Gyorgy Pauk at the Royal Academy of Music.