Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Tutors and Staff (A to Z)
Double Bass Tutor
Anthony has until recently been Principal double bass of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London having previously been section leader with the BBC Now (Wales), BBC SSO (Scotland), Scottish Opera and Co Principal with the Halle. As a guest Principal he has led all the London symphony orchestras (LSO, LPO, Philharmonia and...
Head of Guitar
Mark Ashford is an internationally renowned performer and teacher. He began his formal musical education as a scholarship student at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester at the age of 12. He then won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music, London from where he graduated with first class honours in 1994. He...
Double Bass Tutor
Raised in Renfrewshire, Julian learned double bass with Bill Hoare and David Inglis in Scotland before studying with Robin McGee at the Royal Academy of Music. Julian joined the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 1985 and continued his studies with Thomas Martin. Julian is Principal No2 Double Bass with the City of...
Professor Richard Ayres
Visiting Professor in Composition
"Ayres score is a fizzy cocktail of hyperactivity, Baroque poise, Straussian pastiche, tantalising tango and much more. Zany and anarchic, it nevertheless has a human core." (Barry Millington on The Cricket Recovers, Evening Standard) Richard Ayres was born in Cornwall in 1965. In 1986 he followed Morton Feldman's classes at...
Dr Andrew Bain
Deputy Head and Senior Lecturer of Jazz
Andrew Bain is one of the leading performers and educators in Europe. He has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Natalie Cole, Kenny Wheeler, Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman, Bob Mintzer, John Taylor, Mike Gibbs, NDR Big Band in Hamburg, Elliott Sharp, Gavin Bryars, John O’Gallagher, Jason Rebello, George Colligan, Jon Irabagon, Walter...
Fred T Baker
Electric Bass Tutor
Fred Thelonious Baker (born 4 June 1960) is an English guitarist and bass guitarist from Tibshelf, Derbyshire. He is known for playing in Phil Miller 's Canterbury scene band In Cahoots . Baker played the guitar until his mid-teens, at which point he began to take an interest in the bass as well. He played in The John...
Stephen was organ scholar at Trinity College Cambridge, where he gave a recital of the complete works of Messiaen. He made his debut as a conductor at Glyndebourne with The Rakes Progress in 1979 and was Associate Conductor of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera between 1981and 1983. He was also Resident Conductor of English...
The critical plaudits which have greeted Mark Bebbington’s performances and recordings have singled him out as a British pianist of the rarest refinement and maturity. Now internationally recognised as a champion of British music, Mark has given concert and CD premieres of major British composers, including Vaughan Williams,...
Catherine Benson studied at Chethams School of Music and then The Guildhall School of Music , studying with Noelle Barker. She spent three years at the Guildhall gaining her AGSM and a further two years on the opera course under the guidance of Vilem Tausky. After Guildhall, she embarked on a successful freelance career...
Zoë Beyers began violin lessons with Noel Travers at the age of six. Since her debut aged eleven with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra under Paavo Järvi, she has performed with many distinguished conductors in the UK and Europe. In 2002, Zoë opened the St Petersburg Musical Olympus Festival with the St Petersburg Philharmonic,...