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Mr Piers Moth

Biography

Piers was born and raised in Putney, South West London. At a very young age he took a shine to the recorder and worked out how to play it by ear, along to common 80’s TV theme tunes, which the neighbours all agreed sounded far superior, played on a descant recorder!

Piers’ love for music flourished at school. He attended the musically acclaimed Northbourne park school in Kent aged 9, where he took up the clarinet and was a strong member of the choir.

From here he was awarded the top music scholarship to Sherborne School in Dorset. It was here that Piers’ love of jazz/funk and popular music was born. While he became inseparable from his bass guitar, he taught himself the guitar, much to the dismay of the music department, as he’d earned his scholarship as a classical musician. Piers rapidly became a member of a band and soon leader of several school bands. His musical training, talent and sight-reading abilities meant he was able to play in a variety of bands at a time, and this has continued throughout his performing career. Quick to compose and learn and very versatile with his instruments. His first school band, Patson Hill, later went on a tour of the Greek islands aged 19.

Piers went on to study music at the University of Manchester, the recorder being his principle instrument, as they would not accept the fretless bass guitar as a classical instrument, despite the J.S Bach Cello suites sounding rather good on one.

After university, Piers began work as a peripatetic woodwind teacher for Manchester Music Service. It was during this time that Piers realised his love for teaching, and it was soon clear that his talents lay with guitar and bass tuition, and leading bands and ensembles.

During his time in Manchester Piers formed strong relationships with other up and coming musicians and in 2004, formed a band; WhiskyCats with some of his favourite accompanying musicians. Led by front man Matthew Whitaker, they toured the country and gained a large and dedicated live cult following with critical acclaim from the likes of Bob Harris (BBC radio 2), Phil Jupitus (BBC 6Music), Huw Stephens (BBC radio 1), and Suggs (Madness and Virgin Radio). They had sell out shows including The Manchester Academy and Ronnie Scotts.

The band members went their different ways in 2010 and Piers joined Canterbury Christ Church University to embark upon an 11-18 Music PGCE course. During this time he has continued to work as a session musician, a private teacher and started composing for television and radio alongside renowned composer Lawrence Oakley. He is passionate about music and upholds high standards in his performance and composition. Now working for Music’all, along with many renowned international performers, he is a skilled and motivated teacher, who is able to engage both children and adults using stimulating, creative and appropriate teaching approaches. He is a highly professional, committed and versatile musician and teacher.

Contact Piers

Address: West Dulwich
Greater London
SE21 8DA
Phone: 0208 670 9069
Mobile: 07515 441 770
Fee (45 minutes): £25.00
Fee (60 minutes): £30.00

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