Academic Music Department Staff  

John Brierley
Head of Academic Music


Subjects Taught

Music Theory / GCSE / A-Level / Organ

A native of Liverpool John Brierley read music at University College, Durham where he was Assistant Organist and a Rothwell Prize winner. He won a Major State Studentship for post-graduate study at King’s College, London and held the post of Director of Music at St Peter’s Church, Streatham. Now living and working in

Worcester, John enjoys a varied freelance career which includes directing choirs, being Musical Director for Shakespeare at the Commandery productions, working as an accompanist for both singers and instrumentalists and teaching at the Elgar School of Music in Worcester where he is also a School Governor. He is Organist and Choir Director at St John-in-Bedwardine, Worcester. As an organist, John gives recitals throughout the country at cathedrals, concert halls and major churches.

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Janine Parsons


Subjects Taught

Music Theory / Piano





Janine ​completed her studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire, having gained a B Mus (Hons) degree and a Post Graduate Diploma. She studied piano with Frank Wibaut and Professor Malcolm Wilson. As soloist she gave her debut recital at the Purcell Rooms, London and has since given concerto performances including Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Chopin’s piano concerto no 1 with The Worcester Philharmonic Orchestra; Haydn’s piano concerto in D Major with Volante Strings and Mendelssohn’s concerto in A Minor with the English String Orchestra. Janine has also given solo recitals for music societies throughout the UK and works extensively as an accompanist and chamber musician.

Janine has worked as a freelance repetiteur with the Birmingham Royal Ballet in numerous educational projects, which has led her to appearing in a BBC TV drama.

As accompanist, she has worked with numerous singers and instrumentalists in concerts and competitions, including performances broadcast on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio Shropshire.  She has performed for many years as part of an all female trio ‘The Sirens’ who together have given concerts nationally and internationally. In 1997, she appeared as finalist in the Young Accompanist of the Year competition. Janine has also performed alongside Maureen Lipman and Julian Lloyd Weber. Janine works regularly as a duo with cellist Corinne Frost and together they have performed widely.

Janine has over the last few years enjoyed a busy schedule as Head of the Elgar School of Music where she continues to teach and perform regularly. She now enjoys her work as a freelance pianist and teacher. She is a visiting piano teacher at Abberley Hall School, Worcester and Bedstone College, Shropshire and is currently developing a teacher training course for pianists.