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I was born in London and learnt piano and cello as a boy. I studied biochemistry at UCL and have always enjoyed the heady combination of maths, science and music. My career has been a bit of both, but is now firmly on the music side.
I have been teaching music for many years, and have a huge number of exam successes with my students. Many of my pupils have gone on to careers in music, while the others have their music as a lifelong hobby. I am very proud of all of them, and I continue to get a great deal out of this work. I believe that lessons should be fun, but making good progress is part of the fun, so I’ll expect you to practise! read more
Thank you so much for your perfect piano dinner music last night. It was great hearing our favourites played so well and added a lot to the celebrations.
Antoinette and Nick Faulkner, hosting their Golden Wedding Celebration Dinner
Jonah started grade 1 keyboard lessons with Rory in year 7. Thanks to his inspiring tuition and his efforts with NKO and its camp, Jonah quickly became passionate about music. He now is studying Music at Liverpool University having attained grade 8 in piano, keyboard and theory, all thanks really to the tireless input that Rory has made. We’re forever grateful.
Barry and Anne Williams, parents of one of my pupils
Rory has been at the centre of our son’s music journey, carefully guiding his progression and development by setting challenges and providing inspiration. At the same time he has always helped us as parents in thinking about his future as a musician.
What is notable is his organisation. Rory thinks ahead and balances things just right to suit the musician and their abilities. For instance, a meticulous, neatly handwritten practice diary comes home every week, full of notes and pointers.
He encourages confidence, preparedness and calm for music exams and teaches a very efficient Theory Exam technique that is so clever, yet so simple.
In lessons, he pitches just the right mix of authority and humour that children need and quickly earns him their respect.
Rory is very family orientated and his encouragement of collaborative and ensemble activities, such as Norfolk Keyboard Orchestra is very much in the same vein.
In a nutshell, I’d say Rory is honest, positive, a superb pianist and we would recommend him to other parents as a music teacher without hesitation.
Phil and Catherine Butcher, parents of one of my pupils
The skilled musicianship of Rory enhances our worship at Hemblington. In addition to his keyboard and other instrument skills we especially enjoy his leadership of our small music group which brings another dimension, not only to our Sunday services, but to our special services at Easter, Harvest, Remembrance and Christmas.
Sue Shillam, Hemblington Church
My daughter has been a member of NKO for four years now and she has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Orchestra. The type of music played covers a broad spectrum from pop to classical to folk and more, which helped to broaden her knowledge of music whilst setting her a challenge of learning new skills.
Rory and his team are all very experienced musicians whilst being very understanding teachers and conductors. The concerts at the end of each term are excellent, always well attended and a joy to be part of. They enhance and develop the members skills and give them experience of playing to an audience; we thoroughly enjoy the concerts.
Keyboard Camp is certainly the highlight of our daughter’s year with NKO; she absolutely loves being at camp and has made many new friends through NKO. A massive well done to all concerned; keep up the good work and we look forward to hearing the concerts for this academic year.
Kevin Hurn, father of a member of the Norfolk Keyboard Orchestra