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.
I also worked with a dance school giving vocal coaching and lessons. I am currently a self employed music tutor for NEMCO, working in some Newcastle Primary Schools teaching the keyboard and piano.
Three years ago I formed Choir by the Sea in my village, a Community Choir which I continue to lead and conduct weekly.
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.
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