The course is fortunate in having in addition to a number of talented helpers, a faculty of highly qualified coaches who are talented, supportive and well respected in their fields.
Among these are:
Gordon Back (Piano) is one of Britain's foremost pianists, an acclaimed recording artist and Artistic Director of the Menuhin Competition. In addition to coaching, Gordon is keen to encourage and accompany students in solo repertoire.
Violinist David Frühwirth (Violin) is a highly experienced chamber musician and soloist who lives and teaches in Munich. Students can benefit from his Central European training and his infectious energy in both instrumental and orchestral sessions. In the evenings he and other coaches participate in informal music making - repertoire such as the Bach Double and Vivaldi Concertos, and String Serenades.
Colin Howard (Choir, Orchestra) has been a pillar of NCMC for 30 years. He provides an inspirational presence and his innovative and often humorous morning choir practice in particular is hugely popular with students and staff.
Graham Waterhouse (Cello, Composition) also resident in Munich, is a composer and dedicated chamber musician who this year is performing his own Cello Concerto in London. He is the composer in residence, and can offer advice on students' compositions; there is also the possibility that any such compositions could be played through and performed during
Celia Waterhouse (Violin) plays with the first violins in the BBC Symphony Orchestra and combines this with an active life leading two chamber orchestras, teaching violin in
SW London and tutoring on music courses in the UK and Germany.
Carolyn Ichinose (Viola) has been a key member of the course for many years. In addition to tutoring, Carolyn is instrumental in auditioning and organising the quartet groups and choosing group repetoire.
Joe Ichinose (Viola) is an experienced quartet player and has worked and toured with his own quartet for many years. He also freelances internationally, playing frequently with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and other major orchestras.
Lee Warren (Performance Skills) has a number of roles at the course. He teaches performance skills and is chief organiser and compère for the week's cabaret. Lee is also a Member of the Magic Circle and a teacher of the Alexander Technique.
Lucy Waterhouse (Violin) works as a freelance musician playing violin in the London orchestras and regularly gives chamber music concerts with the Caledonian Ensemble. She also leads the touring tango band Tango Volcano.which she formed in 2001.
Nigel Blomiley is one of the most distinguished principal cellists in the country. As a chamber musician he has formed numerous professional groups. He has a serious commitment to developing and nurturing musical talent in young people and has taught at many of the leading music schools in the country.
Elisabeth Waterhouse (Violin) founder of the course, is a pianist, Alexander Technique teacher and teaches the violin in North London. Elisabeth is also the founder of the TDSS Suzuki Course for younger players, a course that has also been running for 41 years (the first Suzuki Camp in Europe) and which takes place at this venue in the week following NCMC.
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