Toby Carswell is a student at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, currently studying composition under the tutelage of renowned composer Errollyn Wallen. As well as composing and arranging, Toby has been playing the piano from the age of 4, and brass instruments since the age of 7, achieving grade 8 in euphonium and trombone as well as piano. Toby also passed grade 5 theory with distinction. He has played with Morely Jazz Orchestra, Swing Unlimited Big Band, Forest Fires Big Band, Hyde Brass Band, Wessex Youth Orchestra and recently completed a tour of France with the Bournemouth University Big Band. He is currently doing copying work for the award winning saxophonist Mark Lockheart as well as teaching trombone and piano in Bournemouth, when not studying for his degree in London. He is a qualified American football coach and Junior Sports Leader, showing good leadership ability, which he uses to aid his conducting, having studied under Peter Stark, who also teaches at the Royal College of Music.
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Stuart, who hails originally from Wales, has more than three years experience of piano teaching. Stuart is able to provide a comprehensive and thorough training for all ages and abilities. He holds a diploma from the London College of Music in Piano, and the Bachelor of Music of the University of West London.
Music Theory is an essential part of learning a instrument. Therefore, an element of theory is included in all of his lessons; with many of his pupils gaining high marks in both practical and theory. No pupil has ever failed. He has experience in teaching a wide range of abilities, someone playing piano for their A-level exam to children as young as 5 years and adults over 65.
Lessons are always fun and will give the pupil confidence in rhythm & music reading.
Qualifications: Trinity College of Music (Postgraduate)
Biography: Amanda began her musical education at the age of 6, when she joined the local Church choir and started piano lessons. For the following 10 years she toured the country singing in various cathedrals with many different choirs, whilst also developing her skills on the piano and organ. At the age of 16 Amanda started learning the French Horn and although she continued her singing through the choral scholarships she held at Royal Holloway, University of London and St Martin-in-the-Fields, it was horn playing that Amanda wanted to pursue as a career. She studied the horn at postgraduate level at Trinity College of Music and since then has been enjoying a varied and challenging career as a freelance horn player. Recent opportunities have included playing with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, London Concert Orchestra and English Pops Orchestra. Aside from music, Amanda's interests include animals, reading and Tudor history. She has an awesome cat called Merlin and she dreams of one day making enough money as a horn player to be able to own a horse!!