Clarinet / Saxophone
Sue took a degree in Music with English from the University of Leeds, studying at Bretton Hall College of Higher Education and receiving instrumental tuition from clarinettist and saxophonist Anthony Houghton.
When she had completed her studies Sue was asked by the Skegness Music Club to help set up a scheme for youngsters in the Skegness area to learn wind instruments after school hours. This fired her with an enthusiasm for teaching, and she eventually moved back to Worcestershire to work for the Hereford and Worcester Instrumental Service (now Worcestershire Youth Music), giving both group and individual tuition in primary and secondary schools in Bromyard, Malvern and Worcester.
After a few years with the Service she began to work as a freelance tutor in woodwind and took up posts at The Royal Grammar School, Worcester, The Downs School, Colwall, and St James’s School, Malvern. She also began to build up a private practice, teaching students of all ages and covering both classical and jazz styles of music.
In order to give her adult beginner students the opportunity to play with others Sue founded ‘Single Reeds’, a group of a few clarinet and saxophone players where beginners could gain confidence and enjoy playing together. This grew over the years into a major wind band giving performances in and around the Malvern area, and while other commitments mean Sue is no longer the conductor, Single Reeds continues as a friendly local band.
Sue now teaches at RGS Worcester, The Downs School (Malvern College Preparatory School), and The Elgar School of Music. Her extensive private practice covers Malvern, Worcester and Droitwich, with pupils ranging in age from eight up to retirement and beyond. While emphasising the importance of good technical skills Sue always aims to ensure her students enjoy their music to the full.
Besides her teaching work Sue plays baritone saxophone for the Worcestershire Saxophone Ensemble and Quartet and is Music Director of the Malvern Saxophone Choir.