SHEIKH RATTLE & ROLL
TEACHING MUSIC IN THE MIDDLE EAST
I have performed in a variety of settings as both soloist and accompanist
I have mentored many students towards success in ABRSM brass exams
My compositions have been publicly performed by professional musicians
My teaching is enhanced through creatively using a range of technologies
My love for communicating with people fuels my ever-growing grasp of Arabic
As you'll see, I'm passionate about developing my musicianship in many different directions. My teaching is grounded in these experiences which ensure it is always exciting, musical and relevant. You can see this for yourself by visiting the blog or by contacting me using the form below.
I have performed a variety of solo piano works in addition to accompanying a number of instrumentalists and vocalists. Playing the organ has provided additional experiences from providing music for weddings to performing in The Planets by Holst. Complementing this more 'serious' experience was my time playing keyboards with a function band providing pop music for a variety of events.
I have been an active member of a competitive brass band, playing euphonium and tuba. Having begun my brass experience on french horn and most recently learning the trombone, I have a secure knowledge of the brass family.
An interest in traditional folk music provided the impetus for establishing a Scottish ceilidh band which I led on the accordion and low D whistle (as well as calling the dances!). My interest in folk music has continued to develop whilst living in the Middle East where I attend local music events.
Complementing these instrumental experiences is my passion for composition. Some of my compositions have been publicly performed by professional musicians. I am constantly arranging music for various school ensembles and educational use.
WHAT'S THAT MUSIC?
The music scrolling behind the main title is...
This is an arrangement of the famous melody by Benjamin Arthur (1893 - 1960).
Read this blog post describing how this fun little arrangement came about.
This is an original composition written for the bass clarinet and piano duo SCAW duo.
After an eerie piano introduction the bass clarinet enters to leads a rhythmically hectic whirlwind before pausing for a still meditation based on the introductory material. Only after this can the music return to the chaos and then find rest.