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Abigail – Violin

“I have been playing the violin since I was 7 and the piano since I was 10. I gained a scholarship to The Guildhall school of music in 1987, where I studied the violin under Pavel Crisan. I have enjoyed playing in many youth orchestras before studying music at degree level. I completed my degree in 1994 at Roehampton Institute, where I became very interested in Music Therapy. I qualified and began my career as a secondary music teacher in 1996 and have 17 years of music teaching experience in many different settings. I worked for two of those years as a peripatetic teacher for Southend music services, taught violin and piano, ran the local music school and led Southend’s steel band. I have also taught in primary and special schools as a SENCO and as the music coordinator. I am well experienced in working with children and adults with additional learning needs. My pupils invariably gain self confidence in addition to their musical knowledge and instrumental skills. I play professionally with my duo The Devil and I and also with Hastings Sinfonia. I love going to gigs, music festivals and world cinema. I like being out of doors with nature. I also practice yoga and pilates.”