Strings Staff  

Noriko Tsuzaki

Head of Strings / Head of Special Educational Needs

Qualifications

B Mus (Hons), PG Diploma, MPhil

Subjects Taught

Violin / Special Music Makers

Noriko Tsuzaki was born in Japan and started learning the violin at the age of three and the piano a year later. She relocated to the UK at the age of nine and attended the Royal College of Music Junior Department. She held a music scholarship at King Edward’s School Witley on violin, piano and trumpet, and performed in many prestigious venues, such as St Paul’s Cathedral, the Mansion House and the Guildhall. Her undergraduate studies took place at the University of Manchester where she studied the violin with Leland Chen and gained her BMus (Hons). She continued her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music studying violin with Thomas Kemp and achieving a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance and an MPhil in Performance which also included an academic research on Beethoven’s works for violin and orchestra.

 

Noriko is passionate about teaching and currently teaches violin, viola and piano at schools including Tudor Hall and Sibford School. Her strong interest also lies in teaching people with special needs and she is a Founder Director of Special Virtuosi; a community-interest company providing music opportunities for children and adults with special needs. She is the Education Officer for the Youth Department at the English Symphony Orchestra (ESO) and organise courses and coaches young musicians aged five to eighteen on courses during school holidays.

 

She plays with various orchestras around the country and holds the position of Sub-Principal First Violin in the ESO. Her other freelance work includes session recordings for films, appearing on TV and radio such as Songs of Praise and the Classic FM, and performing with various chamber groups. Her performing career has also taken her to various European countries and the Far East, including Japan, South Korea, China and Singapore.

 

Noriko hopes to continue developing her teaching and performing careers and to also continue researching and extending opportunities for people with disabilities to access music. She enjoys a busy life at the Elgar School of Music as Head of Strings and Head of Special Educational Needs.

Matthew Peters

Qualifications

BMus

 

Subjects Taught

Cello / Chamber Groups

Matthew Peters began studying cello at the age of 8 at the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City, Iowa.  At 14, he began studying music theory, composition & improvisation at the University of Iowa, enjoyed success in regional competitions, toured Europe and performed on Austrian National Public Radio, and was eventually awarded the Preucil School Certificate of Excellence in Musicianship.

Since moving to England in late 2006, Peters has focused on his cello teaching.  As a teacher, he created the Peters Cello Studio and was recently named Head of Strings at the Elgar School of Music.  Matthew teaches all ranges from beginner to Conservatoire level.  His students have a 100% pass-rate in ABRSM/Trinity exams (60% with distinction), have won local competitions and have been the recipients of scholarships to some of the most prestigious conservatoires in the UK.

In addition to his teaching, Matthew is Managing Director of ABMC Productions (an international management & booking agency) and is the General Manager for the English Symphony Orchestra.

Dan James

Qualifications

Subjects Taught

Ukulele / Banjo

Dan James has been a full time professional musician since 1997. He has played many styles of music but is most comfortable with folk music in all it's forms. His main instrument is mandocello and he is also a singer. Having studied trinity college music theory grades at school in the 1980's he has had to train his ears out in the real world of concerts, functions and pub gigs. He also sings and has a good working knowledge of guitar (electric and acoustic), banjo (5 string and tenor), ukelele,

electric bass, mandolin, music technology, recording and PA. He came to music teaching by accident and has 15 years of experience, teaching all ages. In the last 5 years he has also run two youth music “boot camps” at radio station BRFM in South Wales where he still has two radio shows. He has also run two successful workshop days at Elgar school of Music, one for banjo and one for ukelele and enjoys the conceptual challenge of getting inside an instrument. Dan James has several albums to his credit, two “solo” and quite a few with bands and duos. 

Claire Horáček

Qualifications

BFA. ATC. MMus (Performance)

Subjects Taught

Viola da Gamba

Claire has recently been awarded a Master of Music degree in performance on the viola da gamba with distinction studying with Elizabeth Kenny and Jonathan Manson at Southampton University.  She did her first degree in Fine Art at Oxford University but spent a good deal of time there playing the 'cello and furthering her love of early music and interest in historical performance practice. She has lived in Worcester for over 20 years and for most of that time was a teacher of Art at the King's School Worcester. She now combines working as a freelance performer on both baroque and renaissance viols with teaching music & art as well as, when time allows, painting. She is a member of the Linarol Consort of Renaissance Viols which specialises in the repertoire of 16th century middle Europe and Ensemble Échos, a baroque chamber group formed by postgraduate students from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

Corinne Frost

Qualifications

LRAM. Dip. RAM

Subjects Taught

Cello / Chamber Tutor

 

At age 17 Corinne won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. After graduation, Corinne studied with Pierre Fournier, having been awarded scholarships from the Royal Society of Arts and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.

Corinne’s early career included recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and Manchester Midday Series. In 1979 Corinne joined the Philharmonia Orchestra and over the course of nine years worked with some eminent conductors and travelled extensively.

Corinne is Co-Principal Cellist of the English Symphony/String Orchestra, an Associate Member of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) and Musical Director of Volante Strings.  She performs solo recitals and plays in duos with Janine Smith (piano) and Stephen Warner (double bass/classical guitar) called ‘Downside Up’

Corinne enjoys teaching and coaching and is a governor of the Elgar School of Music in Worcester. She specialises in problem solving, technical issues, posture-related problems and improvisation.

Corinne is passionate about bringing live music to people in Care Homes and Hospices, and initiated the ESO Care Homes & Hospices programme in 2007. She includes improvisations in her recitals, visits to care homes and at weddings and funerals. She enjoys playing with Epiphany, a group of classical musicians who specialise in improvisation.

Ayse Osman

Qualifications

BMus

Subjects Taught

Double Bass

Ayse began playing the Double Bass at the age of 10. In 2003 she gained a music scholarship at Junior Birmingham Conservatoire and in 2006 was awarded a scholarship to study Double Bass at Birmingham Conservatoire with Richard Lewis (LPO). After graduating with first class honours in 2010, she received a further scholarship to continue on a postgraduate course to complete her studies with Richard Lewis and Kevin Rundell (LPO principal).
Whilst at Conservatoire Ayse won 1st place in the Birmingham Conservatoire Strings Prize and the BPO Concerto Competition, and took part in the CBSO string scheme for 2years.


Ayse is extremly passionate about orchestral playing. She is a freelance orchestral bassist and enjoys playing with orchestras such as BBCNOW, CBSO, WNO and Opera North. Ayse also loves theatre work and has done a number of shows at the Royal Shakespeare company, most recently "Midsummer Nights Dream: play for the nation", as well as touring with musicals such as "South Pacific" UK tour and "Phantom of the Opera" UK tour.
She is also very interested in the psychology of music performance and is currently studying to work as a Performance Mentor; working with musicians to perform to their full potential under pressure.
Ayse really loves education work and has taught at Repton, Uppingham, Shrewsbury school and Birmingham Music Service. She enjoys orchestral education workshops, and is currently working on the CBSO education concert series, working with special needs schools. Ayse finds bringing music to children through creative education workshops, very rewarding.

Julian Robinson

Qualifications

Subjects Taught

Viola

Julian started playing the viola at age thirteen and very soon realised he wanted to make music his profession. He studied, at first with a very fine Peripatetic Teacher, Pamela Blythe, with whom he is still in touch. Further studies took him to London with Harry Danks, (Principal Viola of the BBC Symphony Orchestra) and then to the Royal Academy of Music, where he was taught Viola by Gwynne Edwards (Principal Viola LSO) and Chamber Music by Sidney Griller.

 

On leaving The RAM he immediately secured a position with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, remaining for 39 years. He played under Music Directors

Sir Simon Rattle, Sakari Oramo and Andris Nelsons as well as countless other world renowned conductors. He frequently played chamber music with other members of the CBSO and visiting Soloists, including Andrew Litton, Ian Partridge, and Lisa Batiashvili.

 

In the musical education field, Julian was an early adopter of, and enthusiastic participant in the CBSO’s outreach programme.

He devised, wrote and published several schemes, for use by himself and other players in schools, based around Stravinsky’s “The Firebird”, Vaughan Williams “London Symphony” and Copland’s “Billy The Kid”. He also worked extensively in Special Needs schools and Organisations, taking specially designed projects of his own devising to children and adults, when it was not possible for them to attend concerts at Symphony Hall. He also enjoyed giving talks and demonstrations to Music Societies, Adult Learning classes and School Groups about the Viola and specific CBSO repertoire in concerts they were to attend.

 

Over the years Julian has helped many performers with their playing and he has a keen interest in helping young people, both those wanting to join the profession and those who simply wish to have music as part of their lives. Whilst with the CBSO he was a frequent mentor for viola students from Birmingham Conservatoire/CBSO’s “String Training Scheme”.

 

Now semi retired, Julian works for the English String Orchestra and English Symphony Orchestra, plays string quartets, walks his Golden Retriever “Dylan”, annoys his Partner Janet by being under her feet and helps to look after his two Grandchildren. His hobbies are Cooking, Hi-Fi and Photography.

Oliver Pickering

Qualifications

BA (Hons)

Subjects Taught

Classical Guitar / Electric Guitar

 

Oliver Pickering is an electric guitar tutor with both performance and tuition experience spanning a variety of genres including jazz and fingerstyle guitar, as well as funk, rock and blues. Since graduating with a Professional Musicianship degree, having specialised in guitar performance and tuition, Oliver has enjoyed teaching a great number of students privately, peripatetically and at numerous workshops, with a strong focus on musical enjoyment, creativity, improvisation, technical development and contextual theory. Having also worked in a variety of musical scenarios ranging from regular live jazz shows, instrumental performances and pit work with various musical theatre productions to session work with notable radio and media groups, Oliver currently performs around the South-West on a regular basis with The Lindsay Martin Jazz Group. 

Claire Tindall

Qualifications

BA Hons CME

Subjects Taught

Classical Guitar

Claire joined the school first as a pupil over 10 years ago and began teaching guitar here in 2010. She has experience of playing in various ensembles: these include the Worcester Guitar Orchestra and the Central England Guitar Ensemble. She also has experience of assisting with the Worcester Youth Guitar Orchestra and currently runs the Guitar Club at the school.

Claire has worked as a Support Worker for Headway - a charity that supports people with acquired brain injury - where she taught music and art.  She has training in art & design and enjoys combining her guitar teaching with working as a freelance children’s book illustrator and painter.

Jessica Townsend

Qualifications

DipABRSM (Dist). BMus (Hons)

Subjects Taught

Violin

Jess began learning violin at the age of seven and throughout her school life enjoyed taking part in many orchestras, leading her county's orchestral groups and enjoying several years with the National Children's Orchestra. She performed competitively and was a finalist of Worcester Young Musician several times, and was a recipient of the Worcester Competitive Arts Festival's Overall Music Prize. In 2011 she was awarded an entrance scholarship to study under Darragh Morgan at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. In her last year at the college, she was the only string player that year to achieve a full student placement with the Welsh National Opera and rehearsed with them for several projects, and also participated in their side-by-side concert scheme. During this time, she also lead several ensembles including the RWCMD Opera Orchestra & Symphony Orchestra and was nominated for the Ian Stoutzker Prize. She had regular masterclasses with many esteemed musicians including Danny Phillips, Itzhak Rashkovsky & Rachel Podger. Jess was trained as a violin teacher through the Berkshire Maestros teaching internship scheme and splits her time between Bristol and Worcestershire, where she now teaches with Severn Arts and the Elgar School of Music. Jess currently studies under WNO's Lowri Porter and regularly freelances with the English Symphony Orchestra, being recently involved with several celebrated recordings including the Krenek Concerti and the recent premiere of John Joubert's Jane Eyre Opera. She has recently guest-lead several ensembles including the Welsh Musical Theatre Orchestra and the Cobwebs Orchestra, and performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the latter. She has also founded the Severn Duo, a weddings and functions ensemble, alongside her cellist partner Tom McCluskey.

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OPENING HOURS

 

Monday-Friday 10:00am - Various

Saturday-Sunday Various

The school is normally open from 10am during the term times and remains open up until 10pm dependant upon activities and classes. We run reduced hours during the school holidays. 

 

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President: Julian Lloyd Webber

Chairman of the Governors: Christopher Allsop

CEO Kate Fawcett

  Head of School: Noriko Tsuzaki

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