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I graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester, UK) in July 1998, where I studied the Bassoon and Contrabassoon on a two year Postgraduate Course.
I passed through the RNCM's system of assessed recitals, and upon graduating from college I was a successful freelance player in the North West of England and further afield. Highlights included playing with the BBC Philharmonic as part of the "Proms" season at the Royal Albert Hall in 1999, as well as regularly playing and recording with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
In June 1995 I graduated from Merton College, Oxford (with 1st Class Honours in the Recital and Orchestration disciplines). Throughout my time at Oxford I was Principal Bassoon with the Oxford University Orchestra and the Oxford Sinfonietta. I have played on the Q.E.II. (and in New York) as a member of Oxford Early Opera. I organised a number of solo and chamber recitals in Oxford, notably with the Ad Hoc Camerata (the Wind Octet which I formed) and the Grove Ensemble (a Wind Quintet).
June 2007 - Present
Managing Director - Kershaw Music
Kershaw Music is a shop and mail order business, selling Sheet Music, Accessories, CDs and gifts from our shop and head office in Connor Downs (near Hayle), Cornwall. Having worked for 10 years in the printed music industry, I didn't want to let all my knowledge go to waste, so it was the natural choice to open a music shop of my own. I run all the operations myself, ably assisted by my wife Jacqueline, when she is not teaching!
Aug 2006 - June 2007
Professional Bassoonist, Piano/Bassoon Teacher and freelance composer/arranger.
April 2006 - Aug 2006
Shop Manager - Cardiff Music
Shop in central Cardiff selling Sheet Music and classical CDs.
Reason for leaving: Shop Closed August 2006.
May 2000 - March 2006
Sales Representative for several music publishers.
I was responsible for building a good working relationship and sales with Sheet Music Retailers in the UK and Eire. Most of my time was devoted to Sales trips, which I backed up with some Telesales. I also attended several trade fairs each year.
Sept 1998 - April 2000
Sales Co-ordinator - Spartan Press Ltd.
An office based position first in Monmouth and (after Dec 99) the Highlands. I was responsible for running various aspects of the office. My main duties were invoicing, packing orders and customer service. Where necessary I liased with suppliers and our other sub-publishers, monitored stock levels and did some Telesales. Other duties included print finishing, proofreading, stitching and collating. I learnt (and still use) both the Score and Sibelius Music Type-setting programs. I also attended three to four trade fairs a year.
From September to December 1999 I ran the office single-handedly while my boss and his family made arrangements for the move up in Scotland.
1996-1998 Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester
1992-1995 Merton College, Oxford
1987-1992 Music Scholar at Sherborne School for Boys, Sherborne
1985-1987 Foster's Grammar School, Sherborne.
1997 - Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Studies in Musical Performance (awarded by Manchester University, while I was studying at the RNCM)
1995 - BA in Music, from Oxford University
1992 - A-Levels - Music, French and Latin
1991 - Obtained LTCL - Licentiate of Trinity College of Music, London for performance (Bassoon)
1990 - GCSEs Music, Maths, English, English Literature, Latin, French, Spanish and Chemistry
Mark Goddard (Managing Director)
Peter Maxwell (Managing Director)