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Music Masterclass

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Wednesday 6th February

Mr Reynolds was invited to the Buchan to give a short recital to all our pupils and to take a masterclass. Three of our pupils enjoyed picking up essential tips from him. Phoebe D and Lara played the flute and Arwen the clarinet. He told them how important it is to stand correctly with both feet slightly apart in order that you do not get tired. He said that apart from breathing you must always think about your fingers and really think about making that first note sound good. He told them that it is important to play the difficult bars and mix up the order. He showed them how important it is to keep their instrument still but how they could move with their instrument. They learnt a great deal from the masterclass to enrich their performances in the future.

John Reynolds GRSM, ARCM, LRAM, FISM.

John is a Clarinettist, Composer, and Pianist, who also plays the Saxophone and Organ. He studied at the Royal College of Music where he won many prizes for Clarinet, Theory of Music, and Chamber Music. He enjoyed a very active freelance playing career including Principal Clarinet in Kent Opera under Sir Roger Norrington. He always enjoyed teaching and worked at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama before moving up to Manchester to tutor at the RNCM, later becoming Director of Woodwind, and Chethams School of Music. John's most recent post was Head of Woodwind at RWCMD in Cardiff. As an examiner and moderator for ABRSM for over 36 years John travelled to over thirty countries, and gave many Masterclasses abroad.

He has conducted numerous Wind Orchestras, and performed over a dozen first performances in this capacity. He lives in Wales.