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Woodwind tuition


Diane Clark


Diane enjoys a busy and varied career as a freelance flautist. As well as being

principal flute of the Orchestra of the Swan and Longborough Opera company, she also works with other leading orchestras and ensembles including the RSC and CBSO.

She has performed many Concertos including several premieres.

She also regularly performs in a flute and harp duo, wind quintet and wind quartet.

Diane believes passionately in sharing her music with all people. She has led many education projects, workshops and masterclasses and is actively involved with outreach work organised by the Orchestra of the Swan and Music for Health, regularly working in care homes, hospitals, hospices and special needs schools. She teaches and coaches at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and Birmingham University.

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Alison Lambert


Alison studied at the Royal Northern College of Music before winning a scholarship to study with Professor Wolfgang Meyer at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik, Karlsruhe, Germany.

She went on to hold the position of Principal Bass Clarinet in the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Israel with whom she regularly broadcast live on Israeli television and radio.

Alison is now Principal Clarinet of the English Symphony Orchestra and Longborough Festival Opera and performs regularly with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and as clarinettist for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

She has performed as a soloist with the Hallé Orchestra, Jerusalem Hillel Orchestra, Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra and Collegium Musicum, Heidelberg. Broadcasts include a Radio 3 live performance of Magnus Lindberg’s Clarinet Quintet as well as orchestral appearances at the BBC Proms.

Alison has been clarinet tutor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama since 2003 and many of her students have gone on to forge successful musical careers themselves.

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Louise Braithwaite


Louise is a freelance oboe and cor anglais teacher and performer who specialises in work with adult students. Her lessons create a supportive and encouraging experimental space where technical and musical skills can be enjoyably acquired, and confidently applied to solo and ensemble music.

As an orchestral, chamber and theatre musician, Louise has worked with organisations including Orchestra of the Swan, The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Louise’s teaching is responsive and adaptive to the unique needs of each student. She has personal experience of Neurodiversity and Disability.

And whatever your reed or playing dilemma, she can probably sort it….so please do get in touch.

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