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Mr Richard Barlow
Mr Richard Barlow


I grew up in Leicestershire where I benefitted from superb violin teaching from Stuart Johnson and the very best orchestral training, culminating in 4 years in the LSSO (Leicestershire Schools' Symphony Orchestra.
I then gained a Joint Honours Degree in Music/German at Goldsmiths College, London and a PGCE at Exeter University.
I spent many tears teaching in Devon and playing in the Plymouth Symphony Orchestra, Southwest Sinfonietta and I played with several choral societies and chamber groups.
In 2008 I moved to Cardiff where I became a violin teacher with the Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Music Service. I teach individuals and small groups throughout the region and I also teach whole classes of yr1 and 2 children in primary schools as part of our infant string project. This involves teaching up to 30 children with a mixture of violins and cellos (eighth size!).
In addition I teach some classroom music in primary schools, having been a music coordinator in primary schools in my early teaching career in Devon.
On Thursday evenings I can be found in the Music Service's headquarters in the Friary Centre, Cardiff, coaching the 2nd violin section of the service's Foundation Orchestra, a very rewarding job, which I love. The orchestra does 2 concerts a year, one in City Hall, Cardiff and one in the equally magnificent St. David's Hall.
In addition I have a growing number of private pupils.
In my spare time I play 1st violin in Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra, 1st violin in the Green Dragon String Quartet and I am also a member of Herebedragons - a Celtic folk rock band. We have recently toured to Italy and are playing again in Italy this Summer and in France in the Autumn (2014).
So, my musical interests are diverse and varied. Above all, I love teaching and being involved with young people and helping their musical development. Please get in touch if you think I can help you with your musical journey.

Contact Richard

Address: Llanbradach
Glamorgan (Mid)
CF83 3LY
Phone: 02920 868164
Mobile: 07708 329643
Fee (30 minutes): £14.00
Fee (60 minutes): £28.00

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