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 on this basis I practise every day and take piano lessons from a variety of different teachers and mentors. For ten years I attended the Académie de Dieppe (a French-language course on music improvisation, theory, history, clavichord, harpsichord and organ).

I studied piano initially with Barbara Coupland and then with Simon Bottomley at Chetham’s School of Music, and later with Patricia Shackleton and Stephen Savage (professor of piano at the Royal Northern College 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. I was the Organist of the Oxford Oratory from 2006 to 2018.

I have been teaching piano, harpsichord, organ 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 LRSM PGCE     169 Ock Street, Abingdon, OX14 5DW

07855 098792