Biography

My music career first began whilst I was still at school, when I was appointed as arranger and assistant director for one of the school's orchestras. From 1998-2006 I studied piano to Grade 8 with Barbara Springthorpe 1 , and played in a masterclass by Richard Meyrick 2 . I was also filling regular spots during this time in various ensembles, turning my hand readily to classical, contemporary and jazz styles. Performances ranged from concert halls and theatres to smaller venues both at home and abroad.

Upon the completion of my A Levels, I began studying music composition at Coventry University as a student of Robert Ramskill 3 , and received tuition from Paul Leddington Wright 4 , Julian Hellaby 5 , Christopher Hobbs and Marcus Cornall 7 . I received the Performing Arts Scholarship for each year of study and graduated with Honours in 2009. Whilst at University, I supplemented my studies by singing tenor with St Michael's Singers 8 , a choral society based at Coventry Cathedral, including regular concerts in Coventry, Westminster Cathedral in London and across the UK, as well as participating in the New Hymn Makers recordings 9 .

Following my graduation, I moved to the south coast where I held a position as instrument tutor at the Sussex Academy of Music 10 , teaching both at the Academy and peripatetically in schools. I also undertook a Diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in Instrumental Teaching, which I attained in 2013.

Since moving north, I have been working as an independent music professional, providing tuition for piano and music to people of all ages across York, together with performances as both an individual and as part of a group. As a member of Gateway Church 11  in Acomb, I also directed Gateway Community Choir 12  from 2015-2018, together with occasional other ensemble works and collaborations.  

Alongside a busy teaching practice, I also take bookings for accompanying, piano performance and music direction. I am committed to regular CPD through courses and certifications, and self-directed study. Throughout the COVID-19 lockdown, I have been continuing to offer lessons online using a video call format.


Qualifications

B.A. (Hons.) Music Composition and Professional Practice
DipABRSM Instrumental Teaching (Piano)
ABRSM Grade 8 Piano
ABRSM Grade 8 Music Theory

Child Protection in Education (Music) - Level 2

ISM Registered Private Teacher


References

  1.  Barbara Ann Springthorpe CT ABRSM http://gb.abrsm.org/ch/exam-booking/abrsm-exam-centres/?repid=618
  2.  Richard Meyrick http://www.thepianostudio.co.uk
  3.  Robert Ramskill B.Mus., M.Mus., PhD http://www.robertramskill.com
  4.  Paul Leddington Wright http://www.paulleddingtonwright.co.uk 
  5.  Julian Hellaby LRAM, B.Mus., M.Mus., PhD http://wwwm.coventry.ac.uk/researchnet/cucv/Pages/Profile.aspx?profileID=434
  6.  Christopher Hobbs PhD http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Hobbs 
  7.  Marcus Cornall GBSM, ABSM, B.A. http://wwwm.coventry.ac.uk/researchnet/cucv/Pages/Profile.aspx?profileID=652
  8.  St Michael’s Singers http://www.saintmichaelssingers.org 
  9.  New Hymn Makers https://play.google.com/music/preview/Bzgirpzdrurzeaqsbtdhjxdwfhi
  10.  Sussex Academy of Music http://sussexmusic.com
  11.  Gateway Church http://www.gatewaychurch.co.uk 
  12.  Gateway Community Choir http://www.gatewaychurch.co.uk/people/joe-oneill/