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Tel: +44 (0)1242 520691
For questions or queries about the course, email: jonesd@cheltladiescollege.org

David Jones - Piano

Course Director (CLC Head of Keyboard)

Mengyang Pan - Piano

Chinese born British pianist Mengyang Pan began her piano studies in China, eventually becoming a junior student at the Central Conservatory of Music Beijing. Having been offered a full scholarship, she accepted an invitation to study at the Purcell School in the UK before completing her musical education at the Royal College of Music, London.

A brilliantly decorated star, Mengyang is the prize winner of many prestigious competitions including Rina Sala Gallo International Piano competition, Bromsgrove International Young Musician’s Platform, Dudley International Piano Competition, Norah Sands Award, MBF Educational Award, Chappell Gold Medal, Brent International Piano Competition and Ettlingen International Piano Competition. Famed for her graceful charm and wonderful communicative stage presence, Mengyang performs repeatedly in some of the best venues throughout the UK such as the Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, St. John’s Smith Square and Royal Albert Hall amongst many others.

As an engaging and inspiring collaborator, Mengyang has appeared with many orchestras and her collaboration with conductors such as Maestro Vladimir Ashkenazy, John Wilson and Mikk Murdvee has gained the highest acclaim nationwide. She was presented with the Tagore Gold Medal by HRH Prince Charles in 2007 for outstanding representation of the Royal College of Music, the highest honour possible. In 2011, she was presented to HM Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace for her contribution to the British music and art industry.

 Apart from performing, Mengyang is also passionate about teaching. She is currently a professor of piano at Royal College of Music, Imperial College Blyth Centre for Music and Visual Arts and St Paul’s School for boys. She also gives regular masterclasses at schools including the Purcell School, Imperial College, St Paul’s School and her native China, events which are greeted with considerable critical acclaim.

Find out more about Mengyang Pan from  her website linked here. 

Tim Horton - Piano

Tim Horton (Ensemble 360/Leonore Trio).

Tim Horton is one of the UK’s leading pianists, equally at home in solo and chamber repertoire. He is a founder member of both the Leonore Piano Trio and Ensemble 360 and has been a regular guest pianist with the Nash Ensemble. He was invited to make his solo debut at Wigmore Hall in 2016 where he will be giving further solo recitals in the coming seasons. Between 2011 and 2015 Tim presented a complete Beethoven Sonata cycle at the Crucible Studio, Sheffield for Music in the Round, and was invited to return to perform a cycle of Schubert Sonatas from 2017-2019.

Following two performances of Schoenberg’s Piano Concerto with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle at Symphony Hall, Birmingham and the Royal Festival Hall, London in 1995, at the recommendation of Alfred Brendel, Tim was asked to give concerts with the RLPO, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Trondheim Symphony Orchestra.

With the Leonore Piano Trio, Tim has given concerts throughout the UK, Scandinavia, New Zealand and Europe. They have performed a cycle of the complete Beethoven Trios at King’s Place, London and have repeated the cycle at various venues since then. They have produced seven discs for Hyperion, including the complete Parry Trios and the Piano Quartet with Rachel Roberts. They have also recorded the complete Piano Trios of David Matthews for Toccata Classics. Future plans include further cycles of the Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn and Dvorak Trios and concerts at the Wigmore Hall and throughout the UK and Europe.

With Ensemble 360, a mixed group of strings, wind and piano that took up residency at the Crucible Studio in Sheffield in 2005, Tim has performed to great acclaim throughout the UK and abroad. The Ensemble presents an annual nine-day festival in May, in collaboration with Music in the Round. The Ensemble has also recorded discs of works by Mozart, Beethoven, Spohr and Poulenc.

He has performed regularly at the Aldeburgh, Bath, Elverum, Plush, Presteigne, Midsummer Music and North Norfolk festivals. In 2018 he was invited to curate two weekends of concerts at the Plush Festival in Dorset. The repertoire included music from Gesualdo, through Bach, Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms, to Stockhausen, Kurtag, Boulez and Michael Berkeley performed by the Fieri Consort, The Heath Quartet, Sir Andras Schiff and many close colleagues from the world of chamber music. In the previous two seasons of the same festival Tim worked closely with Oliver Knussen and Sir Harrison Birtwistle.

Tim has performed with many leading chamber musicians including the Elias, Vertavo and Talich Quartets, Paul Lewis, Imogen Cooper, Alasdair Beatson, Bjorg Lewis, Robin Ireland (with whom he has released two discs), Peter Cropper, Adrian Brendel and Rachel Roberts.

Find out more about Tim Horton from his website linked here. 

Philip Fowke - Piano

The Daily Telegraph:

".........Claudio Arrau was to have been the soloist in tonight’s Promenade Concert. The virtuosity and acute musicianship of Philip Fowke, who took his place, repaired the omission in no uncertain terms."

Philip Fowke, known for his many BBC Promenade Concert appearances on radio and television, and recordings covering a broad range of repertoire, has appeared in many of the major concert halls worldwide with leading conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Simon Rattle. Klaus Tenstedt and Gennadi Rozhdestvensky.

He has also enjoyed a distinguished teaching career beginning at the Royal Academy of Music where he was a professor from 1984 to 1991 and was awarded the F.R.A.M. After a period at the Welsh College of Music and Drama he became Head of Keyboard at Trinity College of Music in 1994 where he became Emeritus Professor at the renamed Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. He is widely acclaimed for his imaginative teaching in which he explores students’ potential, encouraging them to develop their own individuality, challenging accepted methods and received opinions. In 2020 Philip Fowke gave a 70th birthday recital at the Chetham’s International Piano Summer School in which he premiered Sonatina Nostalgica written for the occasion by his friend and colleague, Stephen Hough.

In 2021 Philip Fowke announced his retirement from the concert platform and has recently been awarded an Honorary Fellowship at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London.

Find out more about Philip Fowl from his website linked here. 

Melanie Spanswick - Piano

Melanie is a pianist, writer, teacher, and composer, who has authored best-selling books on many aspects of piano performance and pedagogy.

A member of the piano faculty at Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and an Honorary Master Piano Teacher at the Tom Lee Academy in Hong Kong, Melanie also teaches the piano at Eton College.

Melanie’s work has taken her to all five continents, and she is currently artistic director of the Ars Nova Festival held in Singapore and Malaysia, and is a member of the academic advisory board and board of directors for the International Performing and Visual Arts Examination Board (IPVAEB), also based in the Far East.

Melanie’s music is increasingly performed and recorded worldwide; she is one of the few female composers to be published in the renowned Edition Schott Composer Series. Her popular website, The Classical Piano and Music Education Blog, has accrued well over a million hits.

Find out more about Melanie HERE

John Underhill - Alexander Technique

John has been teaching the Alexander Technique for more than 30 years. His first encounter with the Technique was through a short introductory course for musicians, and that soon led him to train to become an Alexander Teacher and subsequently a Craniosacral Therapist. His practice is at Cheltenham Holistic Health Centre.

John's approach to the technique is an eclectic one, incorporating insights and exercises from the Feldenkrais Method as well as mindfulness and meditation practices.

He has taught the Technique to people of all ages and walks of life over the years, both individually and in groups, the latter work including contributions to many courses run by Tonalis Music both in the U.K. and abroad.

His interests include singing, making and playing musical instruments (lutes, period flutes and guitars) and keeping fit through cycling.

Katie Maughfling - Wellbeing

Katie Maughfling is an holistic health coach. She combines yoga therapy, ayurvedic health & lifestyle advice, and the use of essential oils with her naturally intuitive healing gift to offer a rounded package of care to her clients. Katie also offers sensitive Reflexology and Metamorphosis sessions which rebalance the whole system by working very gently on the feet.

Katie will leading a gentle yoga practice every other morning pre-breakfast. There will also be the opportunity to experience the restful practice of yoga nidra within a group lesson. Katie will also be on hand to offer private yoga therapy, yoga lessons or ayurvedic health & lifestyle advice bookable in advance. Katie will aim to see all participants throughout the course subject to availability.


Olly Leonard - Wellbeing

Olly teaches Tai Chi on a full time basis in Cheltenham, Gloucester and surrounding areas, aiming to work with individuals within a small class to develop and improve their own Tai Chi knowledge and practice.

He has a Tai Chi Chuan Instructors Certificate from the Chinese Internal Arts Association (a comprehensive 3 year course covering the practical and theoretical aspects of Tai Chi Chuan) and is a member of the Chinese Internal Arts Association. 

Olly continues to deepen his Tai Chi practice and understanding with Karel & Eva Koskuba of the Chinese Internal Arts Association – lineage disciples of Grand Master Chen Xiao Wang. He is currently extending my practice of Chinese Internal Arts through Yiquan – placing great emphasis on mind-body synthesis. It has also been his privilege to attend many seminars by Grandmaster Chen Xiao Wang and his son Chen Ying Jun when they visit the UK and Ireland.