John Francis (1958 – 2019)

John died in December 2019. He had worked for 40 years as head of Special Needs in secondary schools.   He got involved with Stringwise through his own children attending courses and then worked as the Pastoral tutor on every course for most of the last 20 years. His infinite good humour and energy kept […]

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Adrian Thorne (1945 – 2020)

Adrian, who died suddenly in December 2020, had worked with Sheila Nelson in the 1980s on the Tower Hamlets project. He was a unique teacher of musicianship, and had designed the fundamental non-playing elements of the Essential String Method books. He taught conducting and was a Professor of Academic Music at the Guildhall School of […]

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Sheila Nelson (1936 – 2020)

We were very sad to hear of Sheila’s death in November 2020. She founded Stringwise and taught many of the Stringwise teachers.   There is a page dedicated to her at the European String Teachers (ESTA) website: https://www.estastrings.org.uk/sheila-nelson/   In Spring 2021 ESTA published a special edition of their journal, Arco, devoted to Sheila; you […]

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Philippa Bunting

Philippa taught on Stringwise courses, leading a variety of strands, for more than 15 years. She is a violin and musicianship teacher of wide experience, having worked in a wide range of environments from initial experiences of whole class instrumental teaching on the Tower Hamlets String Project, to, currently, leading the First String Experience course […]

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Richard Jones

Richard has been working on Stringwise for 8 years, as an assistant tutor and pianist. He studied the violin at The Royal Northen College of Music and jazz piano at Trinity Laban.  Richard has worked as a violin teacher at Ryleys School in Alderley Edge and as a teacher of jazz piano at The University […]

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