Gateway Arts Concerts

Thursday 21st March at at 1.00 p.m.


David Glossop – Oboe

Alison Loram – Violin

Sarah Fairbank – Viola

John Fairbank - ’Cello

Mozart - Oboe Quartet in F major, K. 370

G. Jacob - Oboe Quartet

Admission £4.00 on the door

Only concession Friends of Gateway Arts £3.00

Children and Carers with disabled free

David Glossop

David studied at the School of Music at Huddersfield University, and then furthered his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he studied performance with the late Janet Craxton. He was fortunate also to have lessons from Lady Evelyn Barbirolli and Roger Lord, and took part in master classes with Leon Goossens. David has performed many times, both locally and nationally, as a soloist with orchestras and chamber ensembles and has also taken part in Radio broadcasts. He was Oboist in the Lindum Wind Ensemble and with the Dennison Chamber Ensemble. He is a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, in the Solo Performers Section as well as the Teachers Section. David has for many years, since 1994 infact, been Head of Woodwind teaching for the Shropshire Music Service, and is of course very well known locally to both his former students and their parents

John Fairbank

John Fairbank studied at Bretton Hall and at the Royal College of Music, with Helen Just. He moved to Shropshire in 1975 to work for Shropshire Music Service as a specialist lower strings teacher. Latterly, before retiring from full time teaching in August 2011, he was Head of Strings for the Music Service, launching many new exciting teaching initiatives. He started the annual chamber music residential course, the Wider Opportunities Whole Class String teaching programme, ran numerous workshops and string concerts. He also conducted both the Shropshire Youth Orchestra and the Shropshire Youth Cello Ensemble.
He continues to work part time now both as a teacher and free lance cellist and has been able to devote himself more to his lifelong passion, chamber music.

Sarah Fairbank

Sarah Fairbank studied at the Royal College of Music under Bernard Shore and Maria Donska. She then went on to teach at Stevenage before moving to Shropshire. She worked part time for Shropshire Music Service and also taught privately while her family were growing up. In 1991she became a full time teacher upper strings teacher with the Music Service and also retired in august 2011.
She sang with the CBSO chorus for several years and like John plays as a free lance musician supporting a variety local groups

Alison Loram

Born and brought up in Shrewsbury, Alison started playing the violin whilst at the Wakeman Grammar School and led the Shropshire Schools Symphony Orchestra under Richard White. She went on to study at the Royal College of Music with Hugh Bean, John Ludlow and Rodney Friend, subsequently leading the orchestra of the National Centre for Orchestral Studies at Goldsmith’s College, with which she was also soloist in a performance of the Barber Violin Concerto. A persistent shoulder problem led Alison to the Alexander Technique which she studied with Brian Door, qualifying as a member of the Professional Association of Alexander Teachers in 1992. Since that time, in addition to teaching at Birmingham Conservatoire, Alison has developed a career as a research scientist after gaining a BSc and a PhD from the University of Birmingham and working as a postdoctoral researcher. Alison began playing the violin again in 2011 and as a member of the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine, is currently combining her experiences in music, teaching and science in research into the neuromuscular aspects of playing the violin and viola. Alison lives in Crewe and is a member of the Lydian Singers.


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