Tom Hardy

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Tom Hardy is a freelance bassoon and contra bassoon player and has played with many of the UK's leading orchestras and ensembles including the English Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, City of London Sinfonia, and the Ulster Orchestra.

Tom combines his freelance work with educational work which he is passionate about and enjoys a busy teaching and coaching schedule. He is currently teaching for Sutton Music Service Saturday School, The London Oratory School, The City of London Boys school and Newland House School in Teddington as well as privately. He also coaches several adult amateur orchestra wind sectionals in London. His enthusiasm and friendly manner make him a popular coach both for adults and younger players.

Over the last year I have had a steady stream of adult players come to me for consultation lessons - some for one or two and others who want to come regularly. This has been very rewarding as each have gone off with an exact plan to improve and as you will see below the results have been excellent.

"Tom's infectious enthusiasm, his undoubted skill and the breadth of his contacts has been a huge help in reigniting confidence in my bassoon playing skills after a 30 year lesson-free environment. He can cope with any reed, pair of lungs or instrument, there's nothing too difficult nor any question too daft to ask." S.U.

"Tom’s approach is very friendly and “can do”. He is very practical, with many helpful ideas and know-how to enhance your set-up and improve any aspect of your playing. I always leave his lessons feeling encouraged and looking forward to another! Highly recommended." G.R.T.

CONSULTATION LESSONS take the form of an overall assessment of your instrument, reeds, playing position and comfort, sound production, breathing, embouchure, tonguing, finger position and technique and from this working out a plan of attack to help you improve those aspects you most want to change. Some improvements will be immediate and striking, others take some regular practise and "breaking old bad habits" can be entertaining.

I currently have a few places left for regular tuition for private pupils around my other teaching commitments. I am also keen to hear from anyone wanting consultation lessons on a less regular basis to address specific areas or to get help with reeds.