Head of Department – Gill Tarlton
Gill studied violin with Tessa Robbins at the Royal College of Music. Her first professional playing job was with the orchestra of La Fenice in Venice. She then spent three years in the BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra followed by freelancing work with the Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, London Mozart Players, d’Oyle Carte and the BBC Concert Orchestra. During this time she started to teach in her local primary schools and setting up string schemes in two of them. In 1985 Gill joined the Special Music Course at Pimlico School still works there. She also teaches at Caterham School and Ibstock Place School which runs a Tower Hamlets style string scheme. Gill’s work at CYM started as a deputy and subsequently she was offered her own set of pupils. She also works with the LSSO as the Orchestral Manager.
Gill does less orchestral playing now but enjoys playing in the Johannes piano quartet with Cathy Riley, Khac-Uyen Nguyen and John Kirby from the CYM staff.
The String department comprises over 140 students ranging in age from 8 to 18, and in standard from almost beginners to post-grade 8. Individual tuition is available in all stringed instruments (violin, viola, cello, double bass and harp) and there are some places available for players of other instruments who want to take up a stringed instrument as a second study. We also offer Taster Courses in harp and double bass. For those without their own instruments we have a large stock of loan instruments available for a termly maintenance fee of £25.00