I have over 30 years’ experience as a teacher of all brass instruments, music theory, keyboard, GCSE music, teaching students of all ages and abilities from beginner to diploma standard.
Enhanced DBS clearance
I am a member of National Association of Brass Band Adjudicators and I have over 150 adjudications under my belt including all the major brass band championships. I have been a freelance conductor since 1988.
I am an experienced piano player available to play at weddings, funerals, christenings, corporate events, private functions, cocktail parties, ladies’ evenings and more. Contact me for more information!
I am an independent certified civil celebrant. I love creating personalised, unique and meaningful ceremonies with a touch of class! I'm based in Shropshire and I conduct weddings, celebration of life/funerals (including masonic and military funerals), commitment, civil partnership, renewal of vows, adoption welcoming, naming, pet funerals, internment or scatter of ashes (human and animals), memorials service, and even divorce ceremonies in Shropshire, West Midlands, Mid and North Wales, Derbyshire, Staffordshire, although I travel anywhere in the UK and sometimes even abroad.
Music therapy is the use of music to address the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of a group or individual and use the power of music to help people deal with feelings they cannot put into words. Music can be used to achieve therapeutic goals through the development of the musical and therapeutic relationship. There is no pre-requisite to ‘be musical’ to engage in music therapy. A variety of activities are employed, such as listening to melodies, playing an instrument, drumming, writing songs, and visual aids and is appropriate for people of all ages
Music therapy touches all aspects of the mind, body, brain and behaviour because music can provide a distraction for the mind, it can slow the rhythms of the body, and it can alter our mood, which in turn can influence behaviour.
Music therapy is a psychological therapy that aims to facilitate positive changes in emotional wellbeing and communication through the engagement in live musical interaction.
A wide range of instruments can be used, including the voice, and the music created is often improvised. Using music in this way, will enable clients to create their own unique musical language in which to explore and connect with the world and express themselves using a wide range of musical styles and genres including free improvisation to offer appropriate, sensitive and meaningful music interaction. Music therapy can be particularly helpful when emotions are too confusing to express verbally. This could be because of communication difficulty or when words are too much or not enough. Music therapy will help clients through emotional or mental problems, learning and/or physical disabilities, developmental disorders, life-limiting conditions, neurological conditions or physical illnesses.
I am honoured to be the organist for several Craft & Mark Lodges, Chapters, & various other Orders in Shropshire, and as such I have a wealth of experience in providing the music for Masonic meetings, Festive Board and for other events ranging from social activities through to funerals.
I am always happy to receive enquiries from Lodges and Chapters in Shropshire and West Midlands who need an organist or pianist for their meetings.
If your Lodge or Chapter room has no organ or piano, or you require music for a festive board where no instrument is available I am able to provide my own portable keyboard.
Other Orders by arrangement....
Athelstan, Royal & Select Masters, Royal Ark Mariners,
Rose Croix, Red Cross of Constantine