I learned my craft as a teacher, arranging great popular music for small school ensembles, including Grade 8 flautists, tiny violinists playing open strings, the Year 11 drummer, and xylophone parts for the pianists. Sheet Music Songs always disappoint. The published chords never give us the whole picture so I aim to put it back in my piano/instrumental parts, including the bass and drums! You have to listen to the music for weeks. In my quartets I include a lot of double stopping, wherever possible using open strings. I trained at Royal Academy of Music (cello) Royal College of Music (singing) with BA from Reading University and a Teaching Post Grad at Westminster College, Oxford. I also write songs.