Piano and Keyboard Department Staff
Head of Pianos and Keyboard
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 .
Piano / Jazz Piano / Composition
Chris has had a diverse musical career, enabling him to bring an open-minded approach to his teaching and to draw on a broad knowledge of repertoire 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 his degree at Kingston University he undertook an MA in Composition with Gavin Bryars at De Montfort University, Leicester.
Over the years he has written music for choirs, orchestra, dance and TV, and his song 'Mr Capability' (commissioned by the National Trust for the 300th anniversary of the birth of Capability Brown) was recently performed at Croome Court by over 800 singers.
As well as having worked with (among others) members of folk-punksters The Pogues and psychedelic rockers Kula Shaker, in 2007-8 Chris worked with Damon Albarn (of pop band Blur) 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. He has taught all aspects of music (theory, aural, history, technology, composition, performance etc) as a fulltime lecturer in Further and Higher Education contexts, and he now works as a freelance musician. As well as accompanying choirs and teaching, Chris also performs as a soloist and in the early Music duo 'Aphelion' with singer Paula Evans. His compositions and other work can be found at www.chrislongmusic.co.uk.
Piano / Organ
BMus, MMus, UM (Amsterdam), UTLM, UPLM
Gerdi Troskie completed her BMus and MMus degrees at the University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and continued with post-graduate organ studies at the Amsterdam Conservatorium with the early music specialist Jacques van Oortmerssen (1993-96). She was awarded the Conservatorium’s Soloist’s Diploma (organ) in 1996.
In 1996, on the completion of her studies, Gerdi moved to the UK. She taught organ and musicianship and the Royal College of Music Junior Department from 1998 to 2005. Gerdi held the appointment of Organist and Director of Music at St Anselm & St Cecilia Roman Catholic Church, Holborn, London, from 1996 to 2002 and started teaching organ and theoretical studies for the St Giles International Organ School in 2000. She currently teaches for the Royal College of Organists’ RCO Academy Organ School and also works as piano teacher at the King’s School, Worcester. She started teaching piano at the Elgar School of Music, Worcester in March 2018.
Gerdi has participated as tutor on several residential organ courses, including the RCO Summer Course and weekend courses at Oundle. She has played recitals in The Netherlands, Sweden, Finland and South Africa.
Piano / Theory
BMus, PGDip, ALCM
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.
Organ / Theory / GCSE / A-Level
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.