We are proud of our team of tutors, who between them cover a huge range of specialities, and bring their expertise as professional performers, teachers and conductors.

Ibi Aziz

Ibrahim (Ibi) Aziz plays with the Rose Consort of Viols, Chelys and other early music ensembles in the UK. He also frequently appears as soloist on the viola da gamba, performing in this capacity in many parts of the world. With the viol consort Chelys he is an artist with the Swedish record label BIS, and he has two solo albums on First Hand Records (a review: ‘a recording to be reckoned with’!). Future engagements include performances with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin and with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in Kuala Lumpur. He has taught at Morley College London since 2007 and has a consort class there as well as a baroque ensemble.

Caoimhe de Paor

Having graduated top of her class from the Cork School of Music (B.Mus), Caoimhe moved to London, where she gained a distinction in her Masters in Performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Caoimhe went on to become an Artist Fellow at the conservatoire and was also invited to take part in the inaugural Handel House Talent Scheme. She now enjoys a freelance career, teaching both children and adults, and performing regularly with the internationally acclaimed recorder quartet, Palisander.

Tutor - Pamela Flanagan

Pamela Flanagan

Pamela studied piano, violoncello, recorder and viol at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and is a former student of Jacqueline Du Pré. Having spent many years training teachers and performers in her positions as Professor and Head of Musicianship at the RIAM and Head of Educational Music at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, she is currently the Musical Director of the Society of Recorder Players (Ireland) and the SRP Glasgow Recorders, as well as a musical advisor for the Society of Recorder Players (UK). She also pursues a career as a freelance teacher and conductor in Ireland and the UK.

Peter Wendland

Peter is a viol player, early music specialist, and performer on all instruments of the viol family. He has coached and performed with ensembles ranging from viol consorts and recorder ensembles to renaissance wind bands and choirs. He has been a visiting artist at Trinity College of Music in London and taught at summer schools and workshops throughout Europe, including the Dartington International Summer School. He currently teaches the viol regularly at Benslow Music Trust in Hitchin, and viol and recorder at several colleges in London. As a soloist he plays the viol repertoire from Ortiz to Abel while as a consort player he is a long-standing member of the acclaimed Rose Consort of Viols whose recent guest artists have included Dame Emma Kirkby, Jacob Lindberg, Catherine King and Timothy Roberts.

Philip Thorby

Philip taught himself to read music and to play the recorder whilst in the sixth form at school, inspired by listening to broadcast concerts by David Munrow and other early music pioneers. He had his first recorder lesson (from Edgar Hunt) when he began studying at Trinity College of Music, where he was later appointed Senior Fellow and Head of Early Music. Philip feels privileged that he has been able to divide his time between teaching, playing and conducting - he enjoys equally all these ways of sharing his love of music.