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Mr Brian Partridge
Mr Brian Partridge

Biography

Mindful Piano is a new piano studio based in Ely and run by myself, Brian Partridge. I am passionate about music having played both Piano and Tuba since my early years and music has been my lifetime hobby (although I nearly joined the RAF as a bandsman when I was 18). I am now semi retired and wish to share my passion through teaching piano.

The tuba was my main instrument when I was younger. I played in a number of brass bands, a jazz band, a German Oompah Band and in the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra. I have played at the Albert Hall, in Sydney Opera House with the youth orchestra, Colston Hall in Bristol as well as events such as the Cologne Carnival. I still play now in the Newmarket Town Band and also play with the Ely Sinfonia. I obtained Grade 8 with the distinction on the tuba and, I am still not sure why, turned down an offer of an interview at the Royal Academy of Music.

I have also played piano and organ since my early years. I obtained Grade 7 on the piano in November 2015 and am about to take my Grade 8. I am still learning but see this as a great attribute as I can understand problems faced by students and can offer practical solutions.

I am an affiliate member of EPTA and take advantage of opportunities for professional development and also comply with their code of conduct and guidelines. I will become an Associate Member upon obtaining Grade 8 and will be taking the Piano Teachers Course in October 2017 with a view to becoming a Professional member of EPTA in 2018 – this course is intensive and is the leading professional development course solely for piano teachers. I observed some of that course in 2016.

I also play from time to time in the Cambridge Piano meet up group, which meets once a month, now in the West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge.

My youngest son Alex, is 4 and is learning piano through the Suzuki method with Jenny Macmillan. My wife, Lorraine, and I are also having lessons with Jenny to learn the different techniques used in this method which are very beneficial to anyone learning piano. I am an Associate member of the British Suzuki Institute.

Prior to my semi retirement, I have been a qualified solicitor, a Director of two Local Authorities and have run my own consultancy business. My non music qualifications are a Bachelor of Laws, a Masters in Business Administration and a Diploma in Management Consultancy.

Other hobbies of mine include running (I competed the Race to the King in 2016 – a double marathon over two days along the South Downs Way), cycling (I completed John O’Groats to Lands End in 9 days in 2010), kayaking (Snettisham to Skegness and back over 2 days) as well as listening to music, reading and most racket sports.

Contact Brian

Address: Ely
Cambridgeshire
CB6 3WL
Phone: 01353 666840
Mobile: 07738 236201
Fee (30 minutes): £15.00
Fee (60 minutes): £30.00

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