A little about me...

A little about me...

 
I picked up the clarinet aged 10 year old, as my mother didn't want me to learn the trumpet! Through the years I wanted to play more and more, joining rock bands on bass guitar and brass bands on the cornet. 
 
Following lessons at school and being involved with several music groups, I progressed through to A-level Music and Music Tech at Nelson and Colne college and eventually onto a Music Degree at Salford University. Here I studied Brass, Wind and Jazz band history, composition and arranging, improvisation, recording techniques and Performance. I was fortunate enough to study with Peter Graham, Bill Leader, Roy Newsome and Michael 'Munch' Manship, amongst many great lecturers. 
 
After my degree I wanted a more practical vocation related to music in addition to teaching and thus enrolled for another three year course in Newark. I've always had a interest in fettling and how things work, and the major satisfaction in making things work again. The course gave me the practical skills and enabled me to apply them to instruments so that pretty much every ailment could be repaired. At the advanced stages of the course I made a complete Boehm system clarinet from raw materials, using engineering equipment and many hand tools. Each key hand made and mounted to fit the clarinet body I had turned on a lathe. We made specialist hand tool for use in repairing and undertook an acoustics module to further our understanding. I enjoyed the course very much and I thank Andrew Wheeldon for all his teaching and knowledge.
I returned to Manchester after my course to be closer to family again. Its a great base for me and well located.
 
I teach curriculum music and woodwind to primary school children in the Oldham area and I have several woodwind pupils of my own. I get out and about to several music shops in the wider area and private customers wherever necessary! 
 
I enjoy all things two wheels related, motorbikes, camping and hiking and of course all things Music. I have Ivy, my lovely mongrel companion who comes with me in the car to the repair jobs I go to and if its not far away, I'll pootle there on my scooter if I can! I feel very lucky to be able to have a varied music profession and I enjoy all of my work.