ANDREW KNOWLES

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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. My love of music was encouraged by my family and friends, and I have always been fortunate to have teachers who have inspired me at every level. Throughout my youth I always enjoyed performing at music festivals, singing in church choirs and residential music courses.

I studied piano with Barbara Coupland, Patricia Shackleton and Simon Bottomley at Chetham’s School of Music. 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.  The year after graduating I obtained the FRCO diploma by examination and have been Organist of the Oxford Oratory since 2006. I am currently studying with Stephen Savage, who teaches at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

I have twelve years’ experience as a school music teacher with one-to-one and classroom experience, which has taught me how to get the best out of students of all ages. I am able to focus on inspiring individual pupils directly so that they achieve their musical potential.

I now split my time between teaching and performing as a pianist, organist and singer. I have been teaching piano, harpsichord, organ, voice and singer-songwriting in Abingdon since 2005. 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