Ruth Gerald (FRCM) – Piano week 1
Ruth Gerald was Head of Keyboard Studies at the Royal College of Music in London from 1992 until August 1999, having previously been appointed Faculty Adviser for Keyboard Studies in 1987.
Her career has always pursued a very wide path, solo and lecture recitals, concertos, chamber music, Lieder recitals, accompanying, adjudicating, examining and teaching. She was Head of Keyboard Studies at the Birmingham School of Music (now the Birmingham Conservatoire) for a period of five years but relinquished this post in order to devote more time to performing, and teaching at the Royal College where she was a Professor of Piano and Piano Accompaniment for over 30 years. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal College in 1985.
Born and educated in Australia, Ruth Gerald began her musical career there, broadcasting regularly with the Australian Broadcasting Commission at a very early age. After winning the Elder Overseas Scholarship and gaining a Bachelor of Music degree at Adelaide University she continued with postgraduate studies at the Royal College where she was awarded many prizes, including the Hopkinson Gold Medal.
Recently she has given Masterclasses in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Malta and Greece and conducted many Seminars for piano teachers in the UK, Malaysia and Singapore. She is frequently invited to adjudicate at Festivals world-wide and is actively involved in many aspects of the work of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
Timothy Barratt GRSM LRAM ARCM LMusTCL ARAM – Piano week 2
Timothy Barratt studied on a Scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, winning many major awards, and completed his studies with Vlado Perlemuter in Paris and Geoffrey Parsons. He has toured and broadcast extensively in the UK and abroad as soloist, accompanist and chamber music player. Whilst still a student he developed a special interest in song accompaniment through playing for Masterclasses at Aldeburgh, subsequently partnering such artists as Dame Felicity Lott and Robert White. In addition, instrumentalists he has worked with include Jack Brymer, Bradley Creswick and Haaken Hardenberger. Teaching forms a major part of his musical life and he works with pupils of all ages and levels from beginner to post-graduate. He was Head of Keyboard at Dulwich College for almost 25 years whilst also teaching at the RAM and TCM and now pursues a busy freelance career.
An ABRSM examiner since 1991, he is also a Trainer, Moderator and Mentor. Other work for the AB includes co-writing the Board’s Teaching Notes on Piano Exam pieces, selecting the graded Piano pieces and presenting Seminars. He frequently directs Masterclasses for performers and teachers’ workshops in the UK and Far East and is in demand as a Competition and Festival adjudicator.
He was awarded the ARAM in 1996 in recognition for distinguished service within the music profession.
Dr Anita Downey (PhD, PGCE, ADVS,LGSM, FVCM, PGCA) –
Speech & Drama week 1
Anita began her career as an academic studying at Oxford and Nottingham Universities. After qualifying as a teacher she worked in both primary and secondary schools. She happily combined her academic teaching with her love of the Arts. She trained as a drama teacher at Guildhall School of Speech and Drama and Central School of Speech and Drama.
Pioneering the integration scheme for Surrey and also working with profoundly deaf youngsters, she then set up a Creative Arts Programme for them.
Winning the International Professor Van Lawrence Award for her research into Voice Sounds led her to research further for her PhD. ‘The Cultural Rhythms of the World.’ This has led to her working with such diverse disciplines as: Formula 1: Opera, The Stock Exchange and with international speakers.
Currently, Anita is a busy teacher of Speech and Drama at a large secondary school and teaches, at home, a mixture of subjects. She feels that it is exciting to be a polymath and combine the Arts with academic teaching and enthuse youngsters to learn.
Anita not only teaches but examines and adjudicates all over the world. She is a member of STSD and an adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals.
Gerald Garcia– Guitar
Gerald has recorded more than 12 CDs on the Naxos and Meridian labels which have sold more than 40,000 copies world-wide. He has performed with many musicians, notably guitarists Paco Peña, John Renbourn and John Williams.
He performs in a duo with Alison Bendy and with Simon Mayor’s Mandolinquents and has performed in most continents as a soloist. In October 1995 he toured China in a duo with guitarist John Williams playing to audiences of tens of thousands and teaching at major Chinese conservatoires.
As a session guitarist he has been heard in many films scored by Gabriel Yared, Michel Legrand, Stanley Meyers and Philippe Sarde, amongst others.
His music has been played and recorded by David Russell, Craig Ogden, the Amadeus Duo, the Eden-Stell Duo, Xue Fei Yang, the LAGQ and John Williams amongst others. His orchestral and choral music has been performed in Britain, Europe and North America.
His teaching experience has included educational workshops with Kent Opera and English National Opera. He is a popular tutor at the annual Iserlohn Festival and the World Youth Guitar Festival and is at present musical director of the National Youth Guitar Ensemble.
He has taken part in and created music workshops worldwide and recently has been a regular visiting teacher at Chengdu and Beijing Conservatoires in China.
Rebecca Vines MA, FRSA, FVCM, LLAM, LALAM, GSMD, ATCL, ANEA, MSTSD (Adj.)
Speech & Drama Week 2
Rebecca trained as a journalist at Cardiff University – during which time she wrote a weekly column for The Guardian newspaper – before moving to London to study with The Actors Company. She is currently Head of Speech & Drama at Dean Close School and her pupils have been awarded training places at major institutions such as RADA, LAMDA, Central, Guildhall, Bristol Old Vic, Mountview, AADA, ALRA, E15, the Royal College of Music, NYT, and NYMT. Current and former pupils have performed across a range of dramatic disciplines with companies such as the BBC, Channel 4, E4, RSC, The Globe, National Theatre, Working Title and Action to the Word.
Rebecca is the Founder of Close Up Theatre, which has been awarded the elite Sell-Out Status for fourteen years at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Artistic Director for No Prophet and Eleventh Hour Theatre companies, and actor-manager of Talking Shadows Theatre. Recent roles have included Beverly (Abigail’s Party), Susan (A Bed Among the Lentils) and Madame Arcati (Blithe Spirit). Rebecca continues to write, and in addition to adapting Jane Eyre and 1984 for the stage, also works as the South West theatre critic for Theatreworld Magazine.