ANDREW KNOWLES

ANDREW KNOWLES   MA  FRCO  PGCE

Ever since I was a child I have enjoyed playing the piano and singing – music has always been a hugely important part of my life. I believe that we can never learn enough, and this is why I still take piano lesson with Stephen Savage (Professor at the Royal Northern College of Music), and attend the Académie de Dieppe annually (a French-language course on music improvisation, theory, history, clavichord, harpsichord and organ).

I studied piano with Simon Bottomley at Chetham’s School of Music, and later with Patricia Shackleton privately. While studying at Oxford University for a music degree with Professor Susan Wollenberg, I held the organ scholarship at Lady Margaret Hall and studied with Jeremy Filsell (now organist of St Thomas, Fifth Avenue, New York).  The year after graduating I obtained the FRCO diploma by examination. I was the Organist of the Oxford Oratory from 2006 to 2018, and currently have the role of Accompanist to the Abingdon and District Musical Society.

I have been teaching piano, harpsichord, organ, voice and singer-songwriting in Abingdon since 2005 and always aim to get the best from my students. I aim to focus on inspiring individual pupils directly so that they learn to read music, develop their technique and therefore achieve their full musical potential.

I have a particular love of improvisation – in a variety of styles – and enjoy developing or unlocking this potential in others.

Andrew Knowles MA FRCO PGCE     169 Ock Street, Abingdon, OX14 5DW

07855 098792     knowles@abingdonpianoschool.co.uk