Peripatetic Team

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Ariadne Blyth - Piano Teacher                       

Ariadne is a prize-winning graduate of the Royal College of Music and The Sweelinck Conservatorium, Amsterdam.  Using Amsterdam as her base, she made numerous appearances on concert platforms throughout Germany, Italy and Holland.  Since returning to the UK she has continued to perform, adjudicate and now teaches at Frensham Heights, Cheam and Chandlings School.  She is also a visiting teacher to the RCM Junior Department.  Ariadne has recorded a collection of 18th century keyboard works on the Harpsichord, in the Chapel of Lincoln College, Oxford, entitled Empfindsamkeit. For the last five years she has been a keyboard player accompanying Ballroom Dancing.


Lindsay Bowden - Piano Teacher  

Lindsay’s interest and passion for teaching the piano began whilst studying for a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Cape Town.  Fortunate in having an exceptional lecturer in both piano and piano teaching method, she was taught how to teach as well as perform. She believes it is a privilege and a responsibility to begin a child's musical journey well, whatever its direction or length.

Prior to teaching at Chandlings and Cothill, Lindsay had experience at both primary and senior level in various schools.  Part of her role included preparing seniors for examinations in Harmony and Counterpoint, and Performance, as well as helping with choir, ensemble work and accompaniment.

During the last 15 years she has worked exclusively with primary school pianists.  She prepares her pupils for the ABRSM examinations every term and she feels  that children benefit from having this goal.  she believes it vital for a child to receive a solid foundation, both musically and technically, yet always being mindful that it is often their first experience of playing a musical instrument and thus, the importance of it being a really positive experience.

Outside of teaching her musical interests include attending solo and orchestral concerts and opera, as well as attending as many performances at the Royal Opera House as possible!


Isabelle Carre - Flute and Recorder Teacher

After graduating in music from York University in 1984, Isabelle studied flute with Pierre-Yves Artaud in Paris. Working as a flute player, particularly in the field of contemporary music, she regularly collaborates with composers and has given many first performances and made recordings for radio and television throughout Europe, both as a soloist and as a member of ensembles.

Isabelle’s interest in instrumental techniques has also led her to play early flutes, from the Renaissance to mid-nineteenth century. She teaches at all levels and leads workshops on the historical musical instruments of the Bate Collection, in the Faculty of Music, Oxford University.


Mark Denton - Brass and Piano Teacher  

Mark’s passion for music began as a chorister with Pembroke College Choir, Oxford. His musical education was developed as a music scholar at Magdalen College School after which he studied Performing Arts in London. After leaving university he worked for P&O cruises as a piano/vocalist, before moving to Australia. In Sydney, he taught peripatetic brass and piano and conducted choral and instrumental ensembles in independent schools and the wider community. Since gaining his Diploma in Education from The University of Queensland in 2010, he has taught classroom music in both the independent and state sectors. Away from teaching, Mark’s passions are songwriting and musically directing for local musical theatre groups. He also enjoys cooking, racquet sports and travel.


Rhiannon Evans - Cello Teacher  

Rhiannon, though from a family of professional musicians, initially studied Science at Cardiff and Cambridge Universities before bowing to the inevitable and becoming a musician herself. Her cello studies took place at the Welsh College of Music and Drama with Philip Kent, at Leicester University with Russell Davis (who also made her cello), and finally at the Royal College of Music with her uncle Michael Evans. In addition to freelance playing in the Oxford area, she has a thriving teaching practice and also works part-time for Oxfordshire Music Service. She has a keen interest in Early Music, and plays in various local viol consorts and Baroque groups. She is also a regular member of staff at Dartington International Summer School.


Steve Gower - Percussion

"Steve has played drums in various bands for the last twenty years and has considerable experience across many musical genres. Steve has experience of working in Europe for ten years having been exposed to many different types of music that have broadened both his musical taste and appetite. This has led to a passion to teach drums and lead rhythm workshops inspiring students of all ages to develop their own musical passion. He believes that teaching music should be both fun and creative and has seen students go on to develop their own careers in the music industry."


Sally Mears - Piano Teacher  

Sally read Music at Merton College, Oxford and then gained a PGCE at Bretton Hall College, Yorkshire. She studied Conducting (part-time) at the Guildhall, London, becoming a finalist in the British Federation of Young Choirs conducting competition. In Oxford Town Hall she conducted a performance of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem (2012) for charity and recently she travelled to Budapest, Hungary as the only participant from the UK, on an International Conducting course with the Danube Symphony Orchestra (2016). She also conducts a choral society called Headington Singers in Oxford. She wrote the script of the Abingdon Passion Play (2013) and conducted the massed children's choirs with music by Heidi Cottrell (2016).

Sally is an experienced teacher of both piano and singing at St Helen's and St Katharine's School, Abingdon as well as at Chandlings and privately at home. She also plays the cello in a string quartet. She is a Foundation Governor at a local Primary School and has an Open University Diploma in Health and Social Welfare. 


Simon Murdoch - Drumkit Teacher

Since studying at Drumtech in London, Simon has continued to be a regular performer within many function bands and ‘pop’ bands over the years, including working on creating songs too.  He really enjoys sharing his passion for the drums as a teacher and has taught here at Chandling since the school first started. Simon also teaches percussion at Cothill , as well as being their Golf Professional. He finds the drums a very interesting instrument as they represent a coordinational challenge for children but also hugely influence the feel of the music when performing in an ensemble.

“….to be a good drummer is the pinnacle of musicality as you both lead the band and have to hear everything going on around you whilst controlling and moulding the time of the music - not to mention controlling all four of your limbs at once whilst reading your part!”


Joe Newman - Guitar Teacher  

Joe studied classical and Spanish guitar under Simon Dinnigan and Mark Ashford at the Birmingham Conservatoire College of Music.  During his time there, Joe was successful in winning a number of classical guitar competitions, including the annual guitar prize in 2002.  Having received an Honours Degree in Performance, he now pursues an eclectic career in performing, including shows with the Royal Shakespeare Company and numerous private events across the UK.  

Joe also dedicates a large amount of time towards peripatetic teaching within Oxfordshire, offering classical and electric guitar tuition to all levels of ability.  


Tim Payne - Woodwind Teacher  

Tim has played with almost every orchestra in the UK with particularly long associations with the London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony and Royal Opera House, with whom he still performs regularly. He has appeared on over a hundred CD and DVD recordings and many film and TV soundtracks. He has also played in over twenty West End shows including Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Mary Poppins and Guys and Dolls, in addition to touring and recording with pop artists such as Peter Gabriel and Rita Coolidge.

During the 1990s he was the specialist woodwind reviewer for the BBC Music Magazine and a contributor to a book entitled 'The Versatile Clarinet'. Former teaching posts include the Royal College of Music Junior Department, London University and Harrow, but now based in Oxfordshire, he also teaches at Magdalen College School and Abingdon. 


Sara Stowe - Singing and Piano Teacher  

Sara Stowe won a piano scholarship and prizes at the Royal College of Music. Following this she then studied singing in Milan. Sara has sinced followed parallel careers as soprano and harpsichordist performing as both soloist and as a member of various  music ensembles.  Sara’s broad performing experience covers a huge range of music  from 12th century songs of the Trouveres to the challenges of contemporary music.

With international tours, festivals and recordings, her performances have included Purcell with the Academy of Ancient Music,   the solo harpsichord pieces of Gyorgy Ligeti in solo recital,  religious songs of Hildegard of Bingen with Sinfonye,   Stockhausen’s Stimmung, King Henry VIII’s complete works with the ensemble Sirinu and Luciano Berio’s Folksongs with the composer.

She thoroughly enjoys teaching children, but has also taught adults and undergraduate students. She has two children of her own.


Karen Stratford - LAMDA Teacher  

A fully qualified Teacher of Music and LAMDA, Karen started her lifelong relationship with music and drama when she started learning the piano at the tender age of 4. Throughout her education she studied classical piano, violin, baritone horn, voice and musical theory.

At 'A-Level, Karen studied English, Music and Theatre Studies before going on to study a degree in Music and English at university, which encompassed creative writing, storytelling, performing and musical theatre. During this time she busily penned a number of stories, sketches and short scripts, whilst continuing to perform in various productions and concerts. Most recently, Karen has performed at the Oxford Playhouse and recorded a number of vocal tracks with the BBC.

Karen continues to enjoy writing sketches, scripts, poems, readings and other pieces for Ensemble, along with crafting bespoke pieces for school commissions. After her degree, she taught singing at local theatre schools which lead her to do a PGCE in Secondary Music. After qualifying she continued to teach singing in local theatre schools which progressively evolved into teaching Music, Drama and LAMDA, including being a qualified examiner.