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Leo Richardson - Saxophone Teacher, North London

Leo Richardson Saxophone Teacher (North London)

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  • Professional Qualification BMus Hons Jazz Performance - Trinity College Of Music
  • Professional Membership Musicians Union


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Personal Message
I am a highly experienced teacher and performer, and I believe that learning can be fun! All ages and abilities are welcome.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach saxophone, both jazz and classical, and can teach theory, harmony and improvisation and prepare students for further education.
Tell me about your qualifications.
I have Bmus (hons) in Jazz Performance from Trinity College of music: 1st class honours,
In 2012 I was awarded the TrinityLaban award for jazz achievement.
I have grade 8 saxophone with distinction
I have grade 8 clarinet with distinction
I have grade 5 flute with distinction
I have 3 A Levels: Music Technology, Music, Philosophy & Ethics
What kind of experience do you have?
I am a fun and enthusiastic teacher with over 8 years of private teaching experience, from beginner level to grade 8 standard. I have experience with all ages and musical abilities and have always had fantastic results. In this time I have prepared students for Jazz and classical graded exams, prepared students for music conservatoire auditions, taught jazz improvisation and theory, worked on aural training and have taught general theory and harmony.

In addition to private tuition, I also work for Barnet music service, teaching in 3 schools as a visiting woodwind teacher providing lessons from 1:1, small group, large group and whole class tuition.

I have also lead various workshops in schools in the Barnet area, coaching small and large jazz and soul ensembles.

Performing credentials include:

The BBC Proms

Queen Elizabeth hall as part of London's jazz festival

Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club

The Royal Albert Hall

The Vortex Jazz Club

606 Jazz Club

Glastonbury music Festival

Ministry of Sound

Dover Street Arts Club

As well as working in these prestigious venues I have also been fortunate enough to work with some highly acclaimed musicians including: Kylie Minogue, Gregory Porter, Jamie Cullum, Wet Wet Wet, Peter Andre, Blue, Il Divo, Jim Mullen, Pete Long, Guy Barker, Brandon Allen, Alex Garnett, Gene Calderazzo, Steve Watts, Gareth Williams to name a few...

Bands that I regularly work with.

Leo Richardson Quartet



Chaos Orchestra

Teotima Ensemble

Potter's Ensemble

The Prototypes

I also work regularly as a freelance performing musician in jazz bands, pop bands etc... and have a great deal of recording studio experience too.
How much do you charge?
I charge £40 p/h and £30 for half hr.
Where do you teach?
I teach at home in Whetstone, Barnet. I have a teaching room suitable for making lots of noise!
When are you available?
I prefer to teach on weekdays but can be flexible.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach all ages and all abilities.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
If the student wishes we can do graded exams. Students can take Associated Board or Trinity Guildhall exams. I can also prepare students for further education and music college auditions.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
I belong to the Musicians Union
Where and with whom did you train?
I trained with Stewart Curtis and Bob Sydor before studying at Trinity College of Music.
I have learnt with:
Jean Toussaint
Martin Speake
Julian Seigal
Mark Lockheart
Tell me about some of your current students.
I currently teach 10 students varying in a range of age and abilities from young beginners to music conservotoire standard.
Do you have a personal message for students?
Learning a musical instrument is a fun and rewarding thing to do. Playing music is a way to express yourself and should be fun, whether it is jazz/classical/folk or pop! I make my lessons fun and aim to inspire my students as they inspire me!