My musical journey started when I was 7 years old, as a student of Madame Gioconda Bertorelli , taking part in Music Festivals in the area and ABRSM exams.
After gaining a distinction in Grade 8, I attended Leeds University studying Music, where I achieved a 2:1 degree.
My desire to teach music led me to Bretton Hall College of Higher Education, where I received my Post Graduate Teacher of Education.
I have worked in Secondary, Middle and Primary Schools as Head of Performing Arts, as well as having taught piano, singing, guitar, ukulele, recorder, and clarinet to individuals and groups. I have produced many shows and musicals in schools, as well as a season being Musical Director of Ashington Operatic Society.
Over the years I believe I have passed on my love of music to many young people who are now enjoying a career in music themselves as either performers, teachers or music entrepreneurs.
I am involved in The Northern Festival Opera organisation as musical director for children's shows.
Gillian’s passion for music is infectious. Whether she is working with absolute beginners or experienced musicians, she instills a love and appreciation for music, which is imperative for long term development. As a qualified teacher of over 35 years, she has brought together numerous groups of young musicians through choirs and orchestras over the years and has a real talent for involving students of every level and giving them a focus and encouraging self-discipline.
The early years of music teaching are so important and I feel lucky to have been taught by Gillian between the ages of 9-11.
She gave me so many opportunities to sing at school and to develop my talent. I remember being self-conscious of singing when I was a child but through her encouragement I went on to pursue singing training at The Sage Gateshead and Birmingham Conservatoire and now work as a professional soprano and choral animateur.
Alexandra Eve Wynne