© 2019 by SIMON PARKER

Teacher, musician and researcher

I studied Clarinet (performance) at the London College of Music under the direction of Peter Thompson and then continued my studies for many years with David Campbell. It was David’s enthusiasm that sparked my interest in chamber music and contemporary music, as well as a passion for music education. In addition to performances with the Wessex Clarinet Quartet, I am a founder member of the Helicon Ensemble (Clarinet, ‘Cello and Piano) with many performances throughout the UK over the past 20 years, I also perform regularly as a freelance musician in the South West.

Away from performance, I have developed a busy teaching career and am mid-way through working towards a Doctorate of Education at the UCL Institute of Education, London. I have a fairly unique set of qualifications. Whist at the London College of Music I gained both the Associate and Licentiate Diplomas in Clarinet Performance (ALCM and LLCM). In 1991 I passed the Certificate of Teaching from the Associated Board (CT ABRSM) under the mentorship the Clarinettist Angela Fussell, and in 2011 completed a Master’s Degree in Instrumental Teaching (MA) at the University of Reading. Following on from this I am now mid-way through researching towards a Doctorate of Education (EdD) at the Institute of Education, London, under the supervision of David Baker and Hilary McQueen.

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