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Catherine Rimer - Cello Teacher - Highbury & Islington, N London

Catherine Rimer Cello Teacher (North London)

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  • Highbury (N5) View on map
  • Last Logged In: 16 Mar 2018
  • Sex: Female
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  • Professional Qualification GRNCM
  • Professional Qualification LRAM Teaching Diploma, M.Mus (Eastman School), ARAM
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) Check Yes
  • Professional Membership English Baroque Soloists, Orchestra Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Royal College of Music, MU
  • References References are available upon request


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Personal Message
I'm a friendly & imaginative cellist & teacher, with many years of experience. I offer lessons and chamber coaching to students and adult amateurs. Having studied with some great masters I have many 'pearls of wisdom' to pass on!
Which subject(s) do you teach?
(including Baroque & Classical style)
Tell me about your qualifications.
GRNCM (Upper Division) 
RAM Certificate of Advanced Studies
LRAM Teaching Diploma
M. Mus (Eastman School)
ARAM (Associate of RAM - honorary award)
What kind of experience do you have?
I have 18 years of teaching experience across the board - from working with advanced students at music college to taking players of all ages to Grade 8, with excellent results. I am equally happy to help those who prefer not to take exams & I also enjoy working with adult amateurs who want help preparing chamber music and orchestral parts. I have been persuaded to take on several adult beginners and am absolutely stunned at their progress! I really see no divide between these areas as I believe in applying 'first principles' at every level, however simple or complex the repertoire.

I have been on the Faculty of Historical Performance at the Royal College of Music (Baroque & Classical Cello) since 2003. I gave a solo Bach masterclass as a guest of Steven Doane at the Eastman School, NY (Feb 2018) and also co-led a 3-day Bach coaching for Sir John Eliot Gardiner's "Monteverdi Apprentice" Scheme together with Kati Debretzeni (Nov 2016). I have taught Baroque cello externally for the Purcell School since 2016 and have given a cello class at Guildhall School as well as being an external examiner at Trinity Laban.

On modern 'cello I have been a guest teacher on Ithaca College's Exchange Program (London Center, 2014) and at Bremen Hochschule (deputising for Alexander Baillie) and have coached students on Cambridge University CUMS & London Schools Symphony Orchestra courses (cello sectionals) and Pro Corda North (chamber music).

I will also be coaching the Lower Strings on Britten-Pears' 'Young Artists' Programme (March 2018).
How much do you charge?
£50 an hour
Where do you teach?
I have a teaching studio just off Highbury Fields.
(5 minute walk from Highbury & Islington station.)
When are you available?
Due to the nature of my busy performing schedule my diary is flexible, so I am able to teach during the daytime or in the evening, sometimes at weekends and during the holidays, depending on what suits best. I can't guarantee the same time every week but I make every effort to accommodate.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
10 yrs and above. No upper limit!

I don't specialise in beginners but several adults have persuaded me to teach them 'from scratch' and they are all doing very well !

I try to instil the same general principles of balance & ease of movement - whatever the level - focusing on beauty of sound, good sense of pitch, strong rhythm and the subtleties of phrasing with the bow as our means of musical expression. I also try to convey the most effective and efficient ways to practise..
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
Associated Board - but only if the students are keen to do exams.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I am exploring this area as it could facilitate keeping up with students' progress and questions while I'm away on tour and could be offered in combination with 1:1 lessons. I am on Skype and FaceTime but I need to research the best ways to approach this new teaching area. Requests are welcome and will all be considered.
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique (1996-) co-principal
English Baroque Soloists (2000-) co-principal
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (1995-) no. 2
Royal College of Music (2003-) - faculty
Musicans' Union - member
Where and with whom did you train?
Emma Ferrand - Royal Northern College of Music 
Alexander Baillie - Royal Academy of Music
Steven Doane - Eastman  School of Music, N.Y.

Steven Isserlis & Ralph Kirshbaum - Prussia Cove
Karine Georgian & Frances-Marie Uitti - Dartington Summer School
Chamber Music coaching
Christopher Rowland, Eli Goren, Sir Michael Tippett, Sidney Griller
& members of the Amadeus, Takács, Smetena, Bartòk & Vermeer Quartets
Historical Performance classes : Eastman School
Baroque - Paul O’Dette & Christel Thielmann
Classical - Malcom Bilson, Gretchen Wheelock
Tell me about some of your current students.
They range from students at the Royal College of Music and on the Monteverdi Apprentice Scheme to keen adult amateurs playing regular chamber music, to adult beginners, to teenagers between Grades 5 and 8, plus a specialist 'historical' student from the Purcell School. . I find no fundamental difference in how to approach playing and practising at all these levels and try to relate the same basic principles.
Do you have a personal message for students?
We play the most beautiful instrument ;) but practising on your own can be frustrating. I have lots of ways to demystify technical issues and aim to help you develop strong musical instincts. Most of all I hope you have fun and enjoy the process!