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About Me

Professional qualifications

I am one of the few ukulele players to have an Honours Diploma (AVCM) on the ukulele from the Victoria College of Music in which I scored 95% in my diploma performance exam. I also have grade 8 with distinction on the classical guitar.  I have a full DBS (CRB) check available on request and as a member of Soundsense I have signed up to the Code of Practice for music teachers which sets out the six key professional practice principles that all music teachers should abide by in order to deliver safe, responsible and quality work to their students.

 

 

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Home studio

This is where I teach from in the beautiful village of Yardley Hastings, Northamptonshire.

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Experience

As an author I have publishing deals with two of the best known music publishrs in the world -  Kevin Mayhew/Hal Leonard Ltd and Mel Bay. My first book 'Classical Uke' was published in December 2017. The book has been a great success and subsequently Kevin Mayhew Ltd commissioned me to write a ukulele tutorial book. The result was 'Ukulele School' which was published in March 2019. My 3rd book was co written with Tony Mizen (author of From Lute to Uke) and is a book of ukulele duets called '2Kulele'.  I self published the book 'Modern Pieces for Ukulele' in 2021.  My new book 'Ukulele Gems' will be publsihed by the world renowned publishers Mel Bay in 2021.

In March 2019 I was the first ukulele player to ever be featured on the cover of the world famous BMG Magazine.

I am a regular columnist for magazines including 'Ukulele Magazine', and 'BMG Magazine.  The American Magazine Uke Mag listed my book 'Classical Gems' as one of their to 5 books of 2022.

I have taught numerous ukulele workshops at many festivals and have performed with some of the worlds best ukulele players including Sam Muir, Phil Doleman and Percy Copley. In 2020 I was chosen by Hal Leonard Publishers to present a Ukulele workshop at Olympia in London to a packed out audience. I have also taught ukulele teachers via Kent Music Ltd and given workshops for 'Lets Study Music'.  

 

Several pieces from my new book 'Classical Uke' are featured in the VCM (Victoria College of Music) Ukulele exam syllabus.  I am a proud member of The Registry of Guitar Teachers (RGT).  I am an experienced vocalist, songwriter and music producer and have previously been signed to Firestation Records as a singer/songwriter. My songs have been played on Radio 1 and other local BBC stations and, as a songwriter, I have been interviewed by the BBC and featured in PRS magazine. 

 

As a session musician I have played guitar for professional drummer Alex Biggs in his series of books 'Drums by Alex Biggs'. I also played ukulele on Niamh's album 'Flammable' by Ginger Dog Records.

 

I have gigged all over the UK including headlining Rock City in Covent Garden, London, as well as having supported bands such as Keane. I play at most of the top Ukulele festivals and often run workshops too.

 

I started teaching in 2010 and have loved every minute of it. I currently have young students studying for grade 1, right through to older students studying for diplomas.

 

 

 

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