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Piano and Keyboard Department Staff  

Euodia Jordan
Euodia Jordan
Head of Pianos and Keyboard

 

Subjects Taught

Piano

Qualifications

BMus(Hons), MA, UTLM, LTCL​

Euodia was born in Cape Town, South Africa, where she began her musical studies at the age of five under the tutorship of, amongst others, her mother.  After matriculating from Heathfield High School (where she obtained the highest A-Level results for Music in South Africa), in 1990, she entered the South African College of Music at the University of Cape Town (UCT) where she studied the Piano with Nancy Hofmeyr and Albie Van Schalkwyk, and violin with Virgiliu Gherasim and Jaroslav Lorenc.  Other courses included Harmony and Counterpoint, History of Music, Composition and Orchestration, Piano Teaching Method and Music Education.  After graduating, her first teaching appointment was at Rustenberg Girl’s School (Cape Town), where she also accompanied the award-winning School Choir.  She subsequently returned to UCT to undertake further postgraduate studies, completing the BMus(Hons) programme in Musicology in 1998.

 

During this time she also acted as a repetiteur to the Eoan Group, one of the first Operatic Schools for disadvantaged Non-White Singers.  Euodia was also a participant in the Madame Valmalete Piano Competition in Nice, France (1998), where she received first prize in the Faure, and second prize in the Beethoven categories, respectively.

 

Euodia then taught at Sans Souci High School before getting married (to a Worcester resident), and settling in England.  Shortly after arriving in England, Euodia undertook further postgraduate studies at Oxford Brookes University, where she completed the Master of Arts Programme in Music, History and Culture in 2003.  She has taught at various schools including St.James School for Girls (Malvern), Kings’s Hawford, Winterfold House School, The Alice Ottley School and Elgar School of Music.  Euodia teaches part-time at the Royal Grammar School, Worcester, where she teaches Class Music, Piano, directs two choirs and acts as an accompanist in various roles.  She is a devout Christian, and has a daughter and son .

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Chris Long

 

Subjects Taught

Piano (all styles) / Music Composition

Qualifications

BA (Hons) Music & Recording, MA, Cert Ed

Chris has had a diverse musical career, enabling him to draw on a broad knowledge of repertoire and performing experiences across many styles. He has worked as a performing musician in areas ranging from

classical & contemporary music to rock, jazz, musical theatre & experimental music. After gaining a 1st class Hons degree at Kingston University he undertook an MA in Composition with leading English composer Gavin Bryars at De Montfort University, Leicester.

 

Chris's composition work over the years includes music for soloists, choirs, orchestra, dance and TV. His song 'Mr Capability' (commissioned by the National Trust for the 300th anniversary of the birth of Capability Brown) was performed in 2016 at Croome Court by over 800 singers. Chris has also composed for film, notably creating and performing a live soundtrack for the film 'Penda's Fen' at the Brotfabrik in Berlin in 2018.

As well as having worked and performed with members of folk-punksters The Pogues and psychedelic rockers Kula Shaker, in 2007-8 Chris worked with Damon Albarn (of pop bands Blur and Gorillaz) playing keyboards in the world premiere run of "Monkey: Journey to the West", an opera in Mandarin which ran at Covent Garden and theatres in the UK and abroad. As a fulltime lecturer in Further Education Chris developed and oversaw the Music Department at Stratford-upon-Avon College between 1997 and 2015, teaching A Level and BTEC music courses (music theory, aural, history, technology, composition, performance etc); since 2015 he has worked as a freelance musician. Chris works with a range of choirs as well as running his own ensemble 'Vocal High' with singer Paula Evans. He performs regularly as an accompanist and as a soloist - he has presented over 50 solo concerts in his monthly series 'Pianoscapes', in which listeners experience an eclectic mix of music from across time and from a wide range of genres. As a teacher and performer Chris thrives on communicating through music, and in helping others to develop their connection to it; he has a wide range of piano students, from youngsters beginning their musical journey to senior return-to-learners. His compositions and other work can be found at www.chrislongmusic.co.uk.

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Rachel Snow

 

Subjects Taught

Piano (all styles) / Theory

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Acoustics and Music, MA, LRSM

Rachel developed a love for piano music from a young age and studied the combined disciplines of science and music, with a BSc in Acoustics and Music and an MA in Music Performance, both from the University of Southampton, under the tutelage of David Owen Norris for piano.

She achieved distinction for all ABRSM piano grades from three to eight and distinction for her LRSM in piano performance. She also attained the highest exam results in the county for grades seven and eight, the highest results at University for performance and has won prizes for being an outstanding musician. In addition to the piano, she studied organ at Winchester Cathedral with Steven Farr, and at St.Peter Mancroft Church in Norwich with Kenneth Ryder. At University, she also had three years of harpsichord tuition with Jane Chapman, forming a broad knowledge base of keyboards and learning the different stylistic features of each instrument. 

Rachel taught piano at the University of Southampton and has taught the full range of abilities, from the very first lesson to diploma standard, in several schools, colleges and privately for more than twenty years. Academic success has been achieved by many of her students, with a high record of distinction across all grades and her University students also gained first class marks.

She is extremely enthusiastic when it comes to both playing and teaching and enjoys a wide range of styles, from early music to modern, including film and popular music. She always aims to find methods of learning to suit the individual, ensuring that everyone’s musical journey is unique and hopes to provide a service of teaching that gives both excellence and most importantly, enjoyment.

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John Brierley

 

Subjects Taught

Organ / Theory / GCSE / A-Level

Qualifications

B.A.  M.Mus.  A.R.C.O.

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 and Chairman of the Board of Studies. 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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