The Instrumental Teaching Service is now well established at Fallibroome, with over 200 players learning, from beginners through to advanced players in the Upper Grades. The service is a fee-paying one, and students choose either a twenty or thirty minute individual weekly lesson, the time of which is rotated so as to avoid missing the same curriculum lesson each week. The cost of lessons is currently:

  • £10 per 20 minutes lesson
  • £15 per 30 minutes lesson

Paid half-termly in advance directly to the teacher upon receipt of an invoice.
In case of financial hardship, please see our remissions policy.

All the main instruments are taught – flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophones, all brass, violin, viola, cello, double bass, electric, classical and acoustic guitar, drum kit, voice and piano.

Please contact Mrs Evans, Performing Arts Coordinator on 01625 627258 if you need any further details.


We are very proud of our Instrumental Teachers at Fallibroome, who carry out the tuition with great enthusiasm and commitment. They are all appointed by the school, and are both highly qualified and experienced in instrumental tuition. Students are encouraged to take grade examinations when appropriate and these can usually be taken at the school in December, March or July. The teaching service is supported by a full range of extra curricular orchestras, bands and ensembles, and we expect students to join these as soon as possible.

Applications for September 2018 now closed. Please check back in the new school year for the next round of applications





Fallibroome's Instrumental Teachers

Chris Hemingway – Guitar

Chris Hemingway took up the electric guitar aged 13 and moved to the classical guitar in his late teens. Since his late twenties Chris has performed extensively as a classical guitarist and on acoustic guitar. He studied with Raymond Burley – one of Britain’s most experienced classical guitarists. Chris has performed in duo with Raymond Burley, has undertaken many engagements as an accompanist for singers, and was a member of the Surrey based Mondrian Guitar Quartet. He is currently a member of the Raymond Burley Ensemble. Chris had a professional non-musical career but taught guitar in his spare time for more than 25 years. He has now been teaching full time since 2009; he teaches 3 days a week for Oldham Music Service and has more than 20 private pupils. Chris enjoys most styles of music, particularly classical guitar, heavy rock and blues.

Stephen Laidlaw – Cello & Double Bass

Stephen studied at The City of Edinburgh Music School followed by the Royal Northern College of Music, graduating in 2013 with a BMus (Hons), a Licentiate Diploma (LRSM) awarded by the Royal Schools of Music and the Sir John Manduell Prize for Musical Entrepreneurship. Stephen enjoys a busy performing portfolio, both as a soloist and chamber musician. Based in Manchester he performs a range of repertoire as recitalist often with regular duo partner Ryan Drucker (Piano). Stephen also looks forward to concerto appearances with the Saint-Saens and Finzi Concerti. Stephen is the Principal ‘Cellist of the Edinburgh Incidental Orchestra (which he co-founded in 2009) and has also performed with the Jersey Chamber Orchestra.  He is currently also the manager of the Re:Play Strings Project at Fallibroome.

Gareth Brown – Brass

Gareth Brown began playing the trombone at the age of 7. At the age of 10, he began playing in the National Children’s Orchestra, and throughout his teenage years, he played with the Stockport and Cheshire Youth Orchestras. He went on to study music at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, graduating in 1994, and whilst he was there, he obtained a diploma in trombone teaching from the Royal College of Music. Gareth then began a career as a brass teacher, something which he has been doing for over 20 years now. He teaches the full range of brass instruments at various schools in the Cheshire and South Manchester areas, as well as running various brass and jazz groups. He particularly enjoys the versatility of brass instruments and the variety of styles in which they play. He has been the principal trombonist in the Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra since 1996, and plays in a number of other orchestras in the area on a more occasional basis. In 2014, Gareth joined the VBS Poynton Brass Band, where he now holds the Solo Trombone position. Gareth has also been the soloist in a number of Trombone Concerto performances with various local amateur orchestras and bands, the most recent being the Gordon Jacob Concerto in 2014.

Clare Woodward – Violin & Viola

Clare Woodward has played the violin since she was 7 years old playing for shows, operas and in symphony and chamber orchestras – not to mention solo recitals when the chance has arisen. She studied at the Royal Northern college of music where she first became interested in teaching whichincluded experience with special needs students. After graduating she went on to study teaching with the Junior strings project which sets out to give a thorough hands-on training to music students who wish to teach privately, in schools, or become peripatetic music teachers. She continued her studies at Huddersfield University where she achieved an MA in music performance. She now teaches at various schools in Cheshire and privately doing the job she loves.

Gareth Price – Guitar

Gareth Price has been playing the guitar since the age of fourteen and studied at a music performance college in Manchester (MANCAT) for two years, and then progressed to the university of Salford where he gained a BA Hons in popular music and recording. Since his late teens he has played in several bands, covering a large repertoire of styles particularly whilst at university where he performed in a variety of ensembles. Gareth is versed in several musical styles (personal favourites being rock, funk & jazz fusion) and hopes to embark on a successful session career in the very near future. He has been teaching guitar for over a year to students of all ages and levels and has successfully guided students through instrumental grades as well as seeing successful progression of his students through his own constructed syllabus.

Jamie Muncaster – Drums

Jamie Muncaster is a professional drummer, percussionist, teacher and composer based in Macclesfield. He has taught the drums at Fallibroome and two other schools in the area for over 10 years and teaches around 50 students a week. Jamie also plays drums in five different bands ranging from ceilidh music through rock and pop to Afro-Caribbean and Latin American which has taken him across Europe on tour.

Diane McIntyre-Scott – Singing

Diane McIntryre-Scott has loved singing for as long as she can remember. She appeared in her first musical at the age of 9, and has been performing on stage ever since, taking lead roles in much of the musical theatre and dramatic repertoire. She attained a degree in Performing Arts at MMU and has continued with her musical development since, studying various aspects of singing and particularly musical theatre which is her greatest passion. In addition to performing, she also loves directing and has produced a great number of shows, including many children’s productions over the last 15 years. She embarked on a career in teaching a number of years ago, gaining distinction in her teaching diploma. She now works full-time in a number of schools teaching from ages 8 to 18 and has many private pupils. She absolutely loves teaching and seeing how music, and particularly singing, helps individuals to flourish and grow in confidence as they learn or develop this most rewarding of skills.

Adam Hutchins – Piano

Adam Hutchins BA Hons (GLCM) PGDip MISM is a professional pianist, organist, teacher and composer based in New Mills, Derbyshire. He studied at Leeds College of Music on the BA Hons Jazz Studies degree & at Salford University on the Postgraduate Diploma. As well as teaching around 50 students a week, Adam maintains a busy performance schedule & has played at Ronnie Scott’s, The Cavern Club, London Palladium & the Bridgewater Hall amongst many prestigious venues. He also composes music for various ensembles & arranges bands for corporate entertainment.

Jenny Weinstock – Piano

Jenny Weinstock graduated in 2008 from the Royal Northern College of Music with BMus (hons). Since then she has taught piano at all levels to various pupils in schools and at home from 5 years to adults. She is currently employed teaching piano at Manchester High School for Girls, Alderley Edge School for Girls and Wilmslow High School. Jenny attended Chethams School of Music and The Royal Northern College of Music Junior School. She also enjoys attending the Chethams Annual Piano Course which she finds useful to her teaching. She enjoys the challenge of teaching students of different age groups and abilities.

Carol Frost – Clarinet & Saxophone

Carol Frost Gmus RNCM (Hons) has been teaching clarinet and saxophone at Fallibroome High School since 2000. She studied saxophone and clarinet for four years at the Royal Northern College of Music. Carol has freelanced with various ensembles and function bands since leaving the RNCM including forming her own all female band Sophisticated Ladies who have played at many venues throughout the UK including the BBC and the prestigious Café Royal in London. Carol now dedicates the majority of her time to teaching, having many years of experience in teaching individuals and groups within various primary and secondary schools.

Sarah Doggett – Singing

Sarah Doggett studied violin and piano from age six and by the time she was fifteen was having classical and popular voice lessons. At this time Sarah was already embarking on her career as a singer, performing anywhere from working mens’ clubs, concert halls, charity events, and more recently at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London. Sarah has sung support act to Katrina from ‘Katrina and the Waves’, Gwen Dickey from ‘Rose Royce’ and has recently recorded backing vocals for Ken Dodd and West End star ‘Ruthi Henshall’. Sarah’s voice is featured on many BBC radio stations, TV adverts, Film and TV shows, and most recently has sung the theme tune for the BBC1 children’s programme ‘Muddle Earth’ . After leaving Fallibroome, Sarah went on to study music at the University of Salford where she gained a BA(Hons) in music then continued to complete a masters degree in Music and performance. Sarah received the Best Performance Award in both her degrees.

Ben Beer – Singing

Ben began his musical training as a boy chorister in the world-famous professional choir at St Johns, Cambridge, where he was lucky enough to tour and record internationally several times a year. He was a major music scholar at Eton College, focused on singing, cello and piano, and has performed professionally in choirs and orchestras as well as working in music theatre. He studied singing and cello at the Conservatoire National in Montpellier, France. In his twenties he gravitated towards the pop and rock world, signing to cult ‘Britpop’ label Fierce Panda with his first guitar band, with which he toured with the likes of Keane and Kaiser Chiefs. After development deals with labels including Warner and BMG, he signed as a solo artist with Twenty-First Artists, playing venues and festivals all over the UK and recording at most of the leading London studios. In 2008 he supported Elton John at his New Year’s Eve show at the O2 Arena. He has a publishing deal with Rocket Music Publishing as a songwriter and occasionally produces/mixes for bands and solo artists. Alongside his teaching, Ben works with several youth music and theatre groups locally.

Tim Bailey – Drums

Tim Bailey is a professional musician specialising in drum kit, percussion and music production. Based in Manchester, Tim has had extensive experience teaching with world music percussion group A.C.E (Alternative culture in Education) as well as pursuing his own career as a performing artist. Since picking up the drum sticks at the age of six Tim has been taught by some of the best teachers the UK has to offer, and has performed in top venues throughout the country. Young and enthusiastic, Tim hopes to instil his passion for the drum kit into everyone who studies with him.

Helen Bailey – Flute

After completing her A levels at Fallibroome, Helen Bailey went on to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, achieving a Degree as well as Post- Graduate Diploma in Music Performance on the Flute.

Since leaving college she has performed with many orchestras and ensembles in solo and ensemble settings, the most recent being Khatchaturian flute concerto with the North Staffordshire Symphony Orchestra.

Helen has been teaching for over 10 years all levels from beginner to diploma standard. She is very enthusiastic about Flute performance and this comes across in her teaching.