I have had an interest in pianos for as long as I can remember. As a child, I remember experimenting with the household piano trying to work out tunes I’d heard on the television, with a little help from my older sister who also played a bit. Over the next few years I had the odd lesson with local teachers, before taking up serious study at the age of 16 when I was given a place at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester.
At Chetham’s I studied under Nigel Pitceathly – the then Head of Keyboard – a working relationship which is still kept to this day. After leaving Chetham’s, it became apparent that I wasn’t going to make a living from playing the piano. So with my more than adequate piano playing skills, along with an inquisitive mechanical mind (I used to study Haynes car manuals as a child too!) I decided to enroll on a piano tuning course at Newark College in Nottinghamshire.
After Newark, I gained much experience working as a tuner/technician on high class instruments for some of the larger piano retailers across the North West, and with the Head Technician of Bridgewater Hall. Since then, I’ve been building up a good private customer base aswell as tuning for some of the top pianists including:- Nikolai Demidenko, Stephen Hough, Martin Roscoe, Peter Donohoe.
When I’m not tuning or playing pianos, I can usually be found in my garage tinkering with a classic car (another passion of mine!).