Shelly Organ

First Study Bassoon Tutor

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Shelly Organ studied at Wells Cathedral School, Cambridge University and finally as a postgraduate scholar at the Royal College of Music with Martin Gatt, supported by the Countess of Munster Trust and Musician’s Benevolent Fund.

Since graduating from the RCM with distinction and the Arthur Somervell Bassoon prize, Shelly has enjoyed a varied performing career. She held the post of principal bassoon with the Southbank Sinfonia from 2002-03 upon leaving the RCM, and has since worked regularly with many of the country’s leading orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Scottish, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Solo and chamber performances include recitals at the Linbury Theatre of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, St. Martin in the Fields, Dartington International Summer School and the Aldeburgh Festival. She regularly performs around the country with her wind quintet, the Gallimaufry Ensemble and has made guest appearances with the Haffner Wind Ensemble, Aurora Ensemble and Ensemble 360.

Shelly is strongly committed to music education and was awarded the Antony Saltmarsh Junior Fellowship at the RCM during 2003–05. She currently teaches bassoon at Uppingham and Oakham Schools in addition to her work at the junior department of the RCM and senior department of the Birmingham Conservatoire.

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