Kay Tucker - Cellist & Teacher

Kay Tucker and her faithful cello, Buster

An alumni of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Kay has been playing the cello since the age of 12. She gives recitals both as soloist and ensemble player and is a professional cello teacher.

In 2002, Kay was invited by Trinity Guildhall Examination Board to select cello repertoire for the 2004 strings syllabus. She has recently completed setting the cello repertoire for the new Trinity Guildhall syllabus, running from 2007.

As a member of the British and International Federation of Festivals, she has adjudicated at well over 100 national & local festivals throughout the UK. She is a Music Mentor for the National Festival of Music for Youth

Kay is passionate about the cello, and in teaching others to play well, whatever their age. She strongly believes that establishing a sound technique is fundamental to maximum achievement and enjoyment on the instrument.


Trio & Quartet

The Sussex Piano Trio consisted of Rosemary Hensor, Rachel Ellis, and Kay.

They gave their first performance in October 1999 since when they played at numerous venues throughout the South-East, for concert societies, schools and hospices.

The trio performed the music of composers with Sussex links as well a mainstream repertoire. This led to performances of beautiful but rarely heard works by composers such as Frank Bridge and Howard Blake. They also premiered works by Howard Blake and Gillian Carcas.

More recently, Kay now plays in the Enesque String quartet

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Kay is widely experienced in teaching cello at all levels and to all ages. Over the years she has organised and given masterclasses & workshops. She is also a deputy teacher at the Royal College of Music.

Students have gained music scholarships and exhibitions to independent schools and a number have been awarded places at the leading conservatoires. Most of Kay's students have continued to enjoy the cello well into adult hood, some professionally

Kay encourages all her students to participate in chamber music and orchestras. Students have gained places in the West Sussex County Youth Orchestra, Surrey County Youth Orchestra, Brighton Youth Orchestra and the National Children's Orchestra. .

Kay has had a number of works composed for her and her students; most notably 'Mellow Cellos' by Howard Thompson, and 'Deep Space 5' by Douglas Coombes.

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Adjudication & festivals

Kay became an Adjudicator Member of the British and International Federation of Festivals in 1997 and undertook the Post-graduate Certificate in Adjudication in 1999/2000. She is increasingly in demand as an adjudicator and is often invited to return in subsequent years.

For more details of Kay's adjudication work, please feel free to contact her directly.

Horsham Performers Platform

Kay is currently chairman of the Horsham Performers Platform, a new music festival for amateur musicians, established in 2010.

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Kay Tucker began studies on the cello at the age of 12. She studied at the Huddersfield School of Music with Anna Shuttleworth and Susan Lowe and under Stefan Popov at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

2001: University of Leeds
Post graduate Certificate of Adjudication [PGCA]
1986 to 1987: Middlesex Polytechnic
Post graduate certificate in Education [PGCE]
1982 to 1986: Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Associate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama [AGSM] (distinction in teaching); Associate of the Royal College of Music [ARCM - cello teaching]
1980 to 1982: Huddersfield School of Music
Licentiate of Trinity College, London. [LTCL - cello teaching]
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