JOHN EDNEY – brass tutor extraordinaire!
s befitting someone who not only was a founding member of the LSSO in 1951, but has coached succeeding generations of brass players both within the LSSO and at CYM, the reception held to mark John Edney’s retirement coincided with the April LSSO Barbican concert. In his tribute given on that occasion Stephen Dagg said: "I was absolutely thrilled to see so many people there that evening in that all too short celebration of John’s distinguished career spanning some 40 years within the ILEA, CYM and the LSSO. Last July, at the end of the 2014-15 academic year, CYM said farewell to John Edney, one of our most eminent and long serving tutors. John’s retirement brought to an end one of the most illustrious careers in instrumental teaching and learning in the capital. Few careers have witnessed so much change in systems and structures within music education – yet John has always been at the vanguard of protecting a simple truth - that high quality singing and instrumental learning rely on high quality teaching – irrespective of political intervention and meddling. John, together with the late and much missed Mike Hinton, nurtured a “who’s who” of young talented brass players in a system born in the ILEA which so many music services subsequently emulated. John was appointed Brass Organiser with Mike Hinton in the Inner London Education Authority’s flagship Music Service and continued teaching at CYM after the abolition of the unitary authority in 1990. John was also a Chamber Music Coach and Professor of Trombone at Trinity College – now Trinity Laban. Many generations of young London brass players, a who’s who of the profession, have much for which to thank John. In addition to the richness of the performing talent he nurtured, John’s teaching legacy lives on in the hands of so many he taught, now high quality teachers in their own right – many of whom were there that evening. I first met John in 1984 when I joined the ILEA Music Centre. I will never forget the support and kindness he offered me in my early, youthful and inexperienced days and weeks. Neither will I forget the many holiday courses we shared together with the LSSO, the London Schools Concert Orchestra, the London Schools Symphonic Band (the predecessor of the LYWB) and the London Schools Concert Band where he always demonstrated great friendship alongside the highest professional standards. Some of you may not be aware that John’s association with music education in London precedes even the ILEA. In fact, John was a trombonist in the LSSO under Dr. Leslie Russell during the orchestra’s earliest courses in the 1950s. These were the days of the London County Council. It is therefore wholly appropriate that we paid tribute to John at an LSSO concert some 60 years later. John, of course, went on to become one of this country’s finest players. After studying with Geoffrey Lindon at Trinity College of Music, where he held a scholarship, John was a member of the Royal Opera House Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the London Mozart Players. John was also a member of the Orchestra of St. John’s Smith Square and the City of London Sinfonia. He was also secretary to the British Trombone Society and held a senior position with the Musicians Union for many years. John is already hugely missed at CYM after more than forty years of service, but his legacy lives on through a wonderful team of talented tutors and students, some of whom were heard at the LSSO concert. In the mean time we wish John, and his wife Lilah, every happiness in his richly deserved retirement."
Stephen Dagg - Director, CYM National Strategy FAREWELL TO PAULA WYATT I was so very sorry to leave CYM after having taught there since the late 1980’s - so nearly 30 years of happy teaching. I was a pupil too for 4 years from the ages of 14-18 and loved every minute of it, with excellent tuition in all areas and wonderful orchestra rehearsals which then led on to LSSO and my huge love of orchestral playing. However the last 6 years have seen me take on far too much work, often 7 days a week, becoming ill too often, hence the need to make urgent changes and cut back on my teaching. It was incredibly hard to say goodbye to my lovely pupils but am so glad to have had this wonderful time at CYM. Gill Tarlton, Head of Strings writes: Paula will be greatly missed by her pupils and colleagues alike and I wish to extend a huge thank you from the String Department to Paula for her years of dedication to the teaching of young musicians.
UPBEAT Summer 2016