Cello

Carey Beth Hockett, a distinguished educator in music, has shared her expertise at esteemed institutions including Ithaca Talent Education, the London Suzuki Group, and the Colburn School in LA. She is a prolific composer and arranger, crafting music specifically tailored for student learning. Having served on the boards of SAA and ESA, Carey now contributes her insights as a board member at ISA. Her acclaim as a teacher trainer, recognized by both SAA and ESA, stems from her specialization in group instruction. For over two decades, Carey's fervor has centered on pioneering innovative group teaching methodologies, championing collaborative musical education.

Tessa Oakley began the cello aged 5 as a Suzuki student in London, studying with Alison McNaught and Carey Beth Hockett. In 2001, she returned to the Suzuki family as a teacher.

She has a thriving teaching studio in London and collaborates with many other teachers in the London Suzuki Group for concerts and events. She is director and co-founder of Cellofest, an international summer school for Suzuki cellists and their families which also offers professional development and enrichment opportunities for teachers.

Tessa is dedicated to lifelong learning and to sharing her passion for teaching. In 2016 she was appointed Director of Cello at the British Suzuki Music Association, organising and delivering the national teacher training programme for Suzuki cello. She is also chair of the cello committee for the European Suzuki Association.

Flute

Sarah Hanley was the first European to Graduate in the Suzuki Flute Method in Matsumoto, Japan. She studied with Toshio Takahashi, the founder of the Flute Method for 2 years. On her return to the UK, Sarah helped to develop a teacher training programme with her Suzuki Colleagues. Sarah has taught in Suzuki workshops all over Europe and in the USA, Australia and New Zealand. She has recently retired from school teaching but is still doing some private teaching and Suzuki teacher training. She enjoys playing in many local orchestras and ensembles and as a soloist.

Piano

Sue Bird is a Suzuki Piano Teacher and Teacher Trainer from Wales, living and working in the Brecon Beacons. Sue is BSMA Director of Piano for Wales and the UK, running the BSMA piano teacher training course in London. She is also Chair of the European Suzuki Association Piano Committee.

Performing and teaching throughout Europe, Sue has a wealth of experience to ignite passion in both her own playing and teaching, at every level from beginner to advanced. Sue seeks to create a high energy, inspirational teaching space in which pupils will develop exciting and new connections with their repertoire and musicality.

Caroline Fraser is from Scotland. She graduated from Edinburgh University with a B.Mus and studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, obtaining the diplomas LRAM (piano) and ARCM (violin). Caroline obtained a MMus with Kodaly Emphasis from Holy Names University (HNU) in California where she was lecturer in music theory, and where she directed the Summer Suzuki Piano Teacher Training Institute. Caroline is an ESA and SAA teacher trainer and has given teacher training courses all over Latin America, the USA, in Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia. She is passionate about promoting a natural approach to learning.

Anna Sibley is a graduate of the K. Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice/Poland and for over 20 years has lived in the UK with her husband Mat, son Alexander and three cats. Her musical journey with the Suzuki method began many years ago when her son Alex was a toddler and her search for musical activities for children led to a Suzuki workshop in London. Anna runs a large Suzuki method studio in Bristol and an independent Teacher Training course in Poland. 

She has taught at Suzuki workshops in Europe and Middle East and led and co-organised CPD courses for Suzuki teachers. 

"In the Suzuki method, I am amazed every day by the incredible and unlimited potential of every child, the joy of discovering their strengths, the joy of overcoming their weaknesses. I am also inspired by the wonderful philosophy of Suzuki, who truly believed that through immersing a child in beauty, encouraging cooperation, respecting the skills of others and through making music we could save the world."

Suzuki Early Childhood Education

Keri Cassidy Taylor is a Suzuki Early Childhood Educator, Suzuki Violin Teacher and Director of Suzuki Method Northern Ireland. Suzuki trained from the age of 3, Keri feels very fortunate to have been in the first group of Suzuki children to be trained in Northern Ireland by Brigid Walton.

After graduating with BMus (Hons) from the University of Ulster, Keri starting travelling to London for the BSMA Violin Teacher Training course. After achieving Level Five, Keri was excited to learn of the introduction of Suzuki ECE Teacher Training in Europe. Currently a Level 4 ESA SECE Teacher, Keri has also travelled annually to Canada for training and has attained SAA SECE Stage 5. Keri thoroughly enjoys travelling to Suzuki courses worldwide - from Japan, Australia, Canada and extensively throughout Europe. Keri looks forward to meeting you all very soon!

Keri is teaching on the main violin course for the National Workshop this year too.

Originally from Cork, Ireland, Elaine Wilson started her Suzuki violin journey at the age of 4 with Patricia Kelleher. She continued her violin studies and obtained a BMus 1st-Hons in 2007 from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She obtained her BSI (now BSMA) Level 1-4 Suzuki qualifications under the tutelage of Mysie Ferguson before completing her Level 5 ESA Diploma at the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp, under Veerle Van Gorp, Wilfred Van Gorp, Wim Meuris and Koen Rens.

Since 2017 Elaine has continued to train and qualify in Suzuki Viola and Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE).  

Elaine has performed with professional orchestras across the UK and Ireland including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Irish Baroque Orchestra.

Elaine maintains a private Suzuki studio in both Glasgow and Edinburgh and is regularly invited to teach across the UK, Ireland, and Europe. She co-founded and now directs the Glasgow Suzuki Workshop which is in its tenth year and incorporates Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano, and Chamber Music.

Elaine is teaching on the main violin course for the National Workshop this year too.

Recorder

Nancy Daly, ESA Recorder Teacher Trainer, graduated in Recorder from the Royal College of Music, London in 1973 and since then her teaching career has centred around her desire to see the recorder firmly re-established as a ‘serious’ instrument and to destroy the popular misconception of it as only a children’s classroom instrument.

Her interest in the Suzuki approach started as a Suzuki parent, and subsequently inspired her to train with Katherine White in the USA in 2000. She established the BSI Recorder Teacher Training Course, the first in Europe, becoming a fully qualified Teacher Trainer in 2014.

Trumpet

Connor Clarke studied classical trumpet at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the tutelage of Anne McAnneney. Connor has held positions as a trumpet teacher with many London Music Services, including Redbridge and Waltham Forest. In 2018, Connor trained with Ann-Marie Sundberg in Sweden to become one of the first Level 1 trained Suzuki Brass teachers in the UK. He is now a Level 3 trained Suzuki trumpet teacher; one of three in the world. Connor teaches alongside Kate Conway at the Suzuki Hub, and at schools in and around London through the Suzuki in Schools programme.

Violin/Viola

Hannah Biss is a violin and viola teacher specialising in the Suzuki method. Having completed a two-year specialist string-teaching PGCE at the Manchester Royal Northern College of Music in 1998 – which also gave her invaluable training and experience in Dalcroze and Kodaly teaching — Hannah completed the five-year Suzuki training in 2004. Since then, she has built her private teaching practice around Barnet, where she is based. Hannah enjoys teaching and coaching orchestras at both The Hall and Westminster School. She is currently Chair of the Trustees for the British Suzuki Music Association.

Heather Clemson studied Viola and French Horn with a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music and later trained as a teacher.  She moved to Birmingham where she taught Suzuki Method in city schools for many years.

Having observed some Suzuki Violin teaching she was inspired to become a Suzuki teacher - training with the BSMA, then, having completed the Suzuki teacher training she was awarded a scholarship to Japan to study with Dr Suzuki.

Back in Birmingham, Heather became an Advanced Skills Teacher and then Head of Ensembles for the music service and then became Deputy Head of the Music Service.

Heather is a Teacher Trainer and directs the Midlands Violin TT course and travels widely in UK and Europe to teach, lecture, examine and to run courses and workshops. She loves every aspect of being a Suzuki teacher and hopes she can pass on the happiness and pleasure that music and teaching gives her every day......

Mysie Ferguson graduated from the Royal Scottish academy of Music & Drama and embarked on her professional career as a violist with the Academy of the BBC. After gaining much valuable experience and working with many eminent conductors, she left to take up a position which she was to hold for 14 years with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. As violist with this orchestra she took part in numerous recordings for both radio and TV and undertook many foreign tours including concert tours to Hong Kong, Poland and the USA and Canada as well as regular appearances at the London Promenade series.

Since 2012 Mysie has been director of the Suzuki Viola Teacher Training programme in Madrid. She has also run viola conversion courses in Ireland, England; Iceland and Spain and is in demand as teacher; teacher trainer and examiner all across Europe. In 2013 she was very honoured to teach at the 14th Suzuki World Convention in Matsumoto, Japan.

Mysie continues to run her own private teaching practice in Edinburgh where she teaches both violin and viola players of all ages. She is also the mother of two Suzuki taught children and now grandmother of one.

Jenny Glester started to learn Suzuki violin at the age of 3 with Helen Brunner. By the age of 11 she was giving recitals in this country and abroad, touring Sweden once and the USA and Canada three times. 

Having obtained a degree in music from The University of Manchester followed by a Performance Diploma with Distinction from The Royal Northern College of Music, Jenny embarked on a successful freelance career and worked with all the major orchestras in the North West including The Halle, BBC Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, Northern Chamber Orchestra and Northern Sinfonia. 

Jenny took the permanent position of Co-Principal Second Violin of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in 2004. During her 8 years there she became part of the music education team working in diverse settings within the community including delivering and evaluating music workshops for Sure Start and in mainstream schools.  Jenny also worked at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital delivering music sessions across the hospital and worked for the Mersey Care NHS Trust delivering music sessions in a variety of mental health settings.

 Jenny left her orchestral post to move to Bristol and to revisit her Suzuki roots. Jenny is passionate about the Suzuki philosophy and loves being part of the Suzuki Triangle. She finds the experience of using music to help a child grow into a well-rounded human being both rewarding and humbling. 

Jenny leads the Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra, freelances with the Bristol Ensemble, is a member of Ensemble Elan and has a flourishing Suzuki studio in Bristol with students from books 1-8. She loves teaching at Suzuki workshops and has been invited to teach in Poland, Bryanston Summer School and around the SouthWest region of the UK.

Sam Knops studied Viola and Chamber Music at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp, Belgium,  with Leo De Neve. 

After his Masters Degree, he played in the major orchestras of Belgium, including La Monnaie, Antwerp Symhonic Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonics, Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen,  and Royal Flemish Opera.

Sam took his Suzuki training with Ilona Telmanyi in Denmark, gaining level 5 for viola in 2013. He teaches the viola group ‘Con Calore’,  based in Zottegem, Belgium, who hosted the recent European Suzuki Viola Gathering in Ostende in October 2022.

Karina MacAlpine studied violin at Trinity College of Music with Hu Kun and Eszter Boda Katona. She became a Suzuki Teacher in 2000 and has a studio of pupils from Twinklers to diploma level in South-East London.  

In 2020 Karina became an ESA Teacher Trainer and so far is thoroughly enjoying the new dimension that training the future teachers has brought to her experience of the Suzuki Method.

Since 1998 Karina has been a member of the Blond String quartet. The quartet have performed on cruise ships as well as palaces, castles and prestigious hotels. They have played to Royalty and Presidents in both the UK and abroad and still very much enjoy working together.

photo © Richard Watts

Canada native Margaret Parkin began her musical studies as a Suzuki violin student with Richard Lawrence at the age of 4. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Queen's University (Canada) and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from McGill University where she studied under the direction of Iwan Edwards. She is a graduate of the British Suzuki Music Association, chair of the BSMA Events Committee, a ESA Violin Teacher Trainer, and director of BSMA Violin Teacher Training in London.

Margaret is the director of the Oxford Suzuki String Group where she maintains a private studio of violin and viola students. She has previously served as director of the Exeter Suzuki String Group, as a member of faculty at the Suzuki String School of Guelph, and director of the Guelph Youth Music Centre String Orchestras. She is a regular guest clinician and conductor at workshops and institutes in Canada, the UK, and Europe. Her most rewarding and challenging role is that of Suzuki parent to her inquisitive teenage son.

Clare Raybould studied violin at the Royal Academy of Music and has been teaching the violin for over 20 years. She began training after being introduced to the Suzuki method in 2007, completing Level 5 in 2012. Clare has taught for a number of London schools including Thomas’ London Day Schools where she was Head of Strings and Hill House International Junior School. She currently teaches privately and at Junior Trinity. International Suzuki teaching includes Bryanston International Summer School and Cellofest International Summer School. Motivated by a deep and lasting interest in psychology and neuroscience, particularly within the realms of music & education, Clare is presently enrolled in the 'Music, Mind, Brain' MSc program at Goldsmiths.

As a freelance violinist, Clare has performed with numerous orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia and Northern Sinfonia. She also works with string quartets and on pop, film and TV sessions.

Cara Vella started Suzuki violin lessons at age 6 with Elisabeth Waterhouse in North London before attending the Purcell School of music on a full Scholarship. After some time playing in bands, gigging and touring, she began her Suzuki teachers training in 2004 with the BSI. 

Cara spent 13 years teaching at the Lauderdale Suzuki Group, privately and in London Schools including Southbank International School before moving to Gloucestershire and founding the Stroud Suzuki Group. She has experienced all sides of the Suzuki Triangle and is currently enjoying teaching her two children and being a Suzuki parent. 

 

Accompanists

Helen Mills has performed as a chamber musician and accompanist around the UK, Europe and South America. She graduated with distinction from the Performance Masters in piano accompaniment at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2008 and then performed as a Live Music Now artist for five years. Her studies also included Udo Reinemann’s International Lied Masterclasses at the Royal Conservatoire of Brussels and a music degree at Birmingham University combined with solo piano studies at Birmingham Conservatoire.

Helen has worked as an accompanist at Wells Cathedral School, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Badminton School and Bristol Cathedral Choir school. She also works as a freelance collaborative pianist and teaches piano in Bristol.

Saan Wong enjoys her career as a pianist and accompanist. A graduate from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Saan Wong studied piano performance with Gabriel Kwok and Hui Ling respectively and obtained her Bachelor of Music (Honours) Degree in 2012.

Active as a soloist, Saan has been awarded prizes in numerous competitions throughout the world, including the Academy Concerto Competition while she performed Poulenc’s Piano Concerto. She has participated successfully in the Orfeo Music Festival in Italy with scholarships. She had the precious opportunities of learning with the great masters such as Gilles Vonsattel, Natsuki Fukasawa and Richard Cionco. Most recently, she was invited to perform Saint-Saens’s The Carnival of the Animals with the Hong Kong Academy Orchestra.

Saan is an experienced piano accompanist in various music competitions, examinations and recitals, in which she has worked with numerous instrumentalists, especially the strings players, which possesses a wide range of repertoire.

She has an immense passion in playing with the choirs, and is associated with the Hong Kong Bach Choir, the Kassia Men’s Choir, Celtic Connections, Phoenix Choir, HSBC Choir, Standard Chartered Choir and ESF School Choirs, amongst others.

Enrichment

Composition

Emma Butterworth grew up in the Suzuki Method, beginning the cello at the age of 4 and learning with Christine Livingstone. She studied at Cambridge University, and later trained as a Suzuki teacher.

As well as playing and teaching, Emma is a prolific composer and arranger of music for a wide variety of ensembles and genres. She has a Master's in Composition for Film and TV from the University of Bristol and is a member of BAFTA Connect.

Emma has scored over a dozen films and has also recently completed 'Orchard Street', her first opera, funded by Arts Council England.

www.emmabutterworthmusic.com

Alexander Technique (additional charge; see below)

Henry George is a recognised, accredited expert in the field of posture and the Alexander Technique, and has presented at conferences and workshops in the UK and abroad. 

He has worked with young musicians in schools, on Suzuki courses and at the London conservatoires. He currently teaches Alexander Technique at Junior Trinity conservatoire in Greenwich, London. 

As well as teaching the Alexander Technique, he has a special interest in helping people address performance anxiety. He is based in Bristol and you can learn more about his work at www.alexandertechniquebristol.co.uk

The Alexander Technique is an essential skill for young musicians. It reduces muscle tension, improves posture and performance, and restores emotional balance. In short, it focuses on young people's wellbeing for their music-making and beyond.

To arrange a session at the NSW, please call/ Whatsapp/ text Henry on 07970 549 868 before or during the workshop. The fee is £40 for a 45 minute session and payment can be made by cash or by card at the session. Parents are welcome to attend or not as they prefer.

Yoga teacher upside down in yoga pose

Yoga

Sarah-Louise Gallagher Dietz has been practising Iyengar Yoga for 17 years and teaching children, teenagers and adults for 5 years. She has a special interest in yoga for young people's mental health and has delivered research seminars on this topic for IYUK's CYAFC (Iyengar Yoga UK's Children, Young Adult and Family Committee).

Sarah-Louise's yoga classes at the National Suzuki Workshop in Bristol will help young musicians to find balance in their bodies, ease and fluidity of movement, to stretch and release muscular tightness, improve posture, help with concentration and undo mental and physical tension.  The classes will be structured and focussed but also playful and fun. Don't worry if you are stiff, or not very sporty, or think yoga is not for you.  It is for everyone!  Easy memorable poses to do at home as part of your daily music practice will be included.

Like the Suzuki Method, Iyengar Yoga is named after an inspirational teacher: Mr BKS Iyengar.  This method of yoga has a special affinity with musicians, especially violinists. At the height of his career, the great violinist Yehudi Menuhin met Mr Iyengar by chance in India in 1952. Menuhin was suffering fatigue, sleeplessness and aches and pains for which he could find no relief. Iyengar gave Menuhin some yoga lessons and the violinist felt the benefits of immediately.  The two would became lifelong friends and Menuhin went on to be a serious student of yoga. He famously conducted the opening of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony while standing on his head and even today yoga classes are offered to the young musicians at the Yehudi Menuhin School.

Sarah-Louise's daughter has been learning Suzuki Violin for 8 years and Sarah-Louise loves being part of the Suzuki community.  She thinks there are a lot of parallels between Dr Suzuki and Mr Iyengar's approaches to learning and life.  She can't wait to meet you and show you the fun, happiness and freedom that yoga can bring.

To learn more about Iyengar Yoga, see https://iyengaryogalondon.co.uk/why-iyengar-yoga and https://iyengaryoga.org.uk/what-is-iyengar-yoga/.

To read the full story of Iyengar and Menuhin's friendship, see https://iyengaryogalondon.co.uk/yehudi-menuhin-and-bks-iyengars-transformative-friendship.


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