Sharpen Your Art! Composing Plus
Inspiration, guidance and help with composing and arranging, + theory, piano, vln & vla tuition
- Guide Price£15 per half-hour, £30 per hour
Hi! I'm a composer, curator and music educator. See below for my history in this.
A trained teacher and a youth ensemble leader, I'm exactly the person to encourage and help as you refine, scrutinise or extend your composing and arranging, or as you seek confidence and motivation to continue with your art.
Some of my music can be heard on Soundcloud (see links), and all events and projects are on my website: rhodrihww.wix.com/sounds. All coaching and teaching is available online via Zoom, and it works really well this way! I guide lively, inspiring, imaginative, bespoke learning-journeys for everyone, from children to adults. Together we can refine your playing (piano, violin or viola) or composing, get to know more music theory and analysis, explore interpretations, and delve into wider repertoire, or you can have expert coaching through a school or university music syllabus.
For several past students this path of discovery has led to music degrees at prestigious universities and to forming bands and careers.
You're welcome to get in touch and discuss what tuition you'd like!
I studied composition first with John Metcalf, then with Jeremy Thurlow, Robin Holloway, David Earl and Giles Swayne at the University of Cambridge. My work has been played in association with the Vale of Glamorgan Festival of Contemporary Music and Aberystwyth's MusicFest, the Britten Sinfonia with James MacMillan, Kettle's Yard in Cambridge, pianist Natalia Williams-Wandoch in various venues, the Mavron Quartet and youth orchestras. In 2012 my string quintet 'Berceuse' was shortlisted for the Lord Mayor Composition Prize in London. The same year saw the completion of a commission from a psychology research project to write educational songs to boost young children's phonic awareness. 'Concertino Grosso' was commissioned for beginners' string orchestra with 4 tutors as soloists, and premiered in Ely Cathedral at the 2016 end-of-year concert of Cambridgeshire Music's 'Ely Strings' project on which I taught. It's also just been performed again by different school ensembles.
Since then I have established a series of monthly Saturday coffee concerts in March, featuring local professional and amateur performances of contemporary, classical and traditional music combined with other art-forms such as poetry, photography and dance. Some really exiting collaborative productions of my mixed-media work are soon to be published too.
Feel free to get in touch with any suggestions for working together on your project or ambition.