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Max Garrard

Max Garrard staff profile

Performance Coach and Mentor

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Max is a professional horn player and has been a member of the Orchestra of Opera North since 2010 where he plays 4th Horn.  For a number of years previously he was based in London where he led a freelance playing career. Working regularly with many of the major orchestras and opera companies including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Opera House, as well as many other orchestras throughout the UK, Max has played throughout Europe, the USA, Asia and the Middle East. 

Max studied the horn at Birmingham Conservatoire and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. During his time at Guildhall he became a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra and Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra.

Through his work as a performer Max developed a serious interest in the psychological aspect of performance and the importance of managing the pressures and stresses of performing, and went on to gain a degree in Psychology. In addition, he developed his experience in the field under the guidance of Karen O’Connor, the founder of Performance Coaching at the Conservatoire. Drawing on his research in conjunction with his own everyday experience of performing, Max works with students in helping to understand and manage the pressures that come with a career in performing, which often manifest as performance anxiety.

Max has been a visiting tutor at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire since 2015 and works with students on an individual basis and with small groups as well as larger classes, offering guidance on performance related issues using both theoretical and practical approaches.  Max also works at the University of York where he teaches the horn and gives classes and workshops aimed at helping students tackle issues relating to performance stress and anxiety.

Max continues to build on and learn from his own experiences of performing, both in his regular orchestral position as well as taking on different challenges with other orchestras whenever possible.