Geoffrey Molyneux
B. Mus.Hons., G.G.S.M. Lond., P.G.C.E., Mem. I.S.M.

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Geoffrey Molyneux

Geoffrey Molyneux is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he studied piano with the fomer Head of the Department of Keyboard Studies, Professor Laureate James Gibb. He is an honours music graduate of the University of London, where he also obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

Subsequently, Mr Molyneux became a student of the legendary Russian conductor, Igor Markevitch, and was a first prize winner in the International Orchestral Conducting Competition held in Santiago de Compostela. He has directed numerous orchestras, instrumental ensembles, choirs, operatic and other vocal groups including La Orquesta Sinfónica de la R.T.V. Española and L'Orchestre National de l'Opera de Monte-Carlo.

Until 1989 Mr Molyneux was director of Music in several schools, concluding this part of his career at Erith School, one of the largest secondary schools in the country. He founded the Erith School Festival Symphony Orchestra in 1984, an ensemble of professional musicians, music teachers and students which performed major symphonic works and provided opportunities for students from the school to perform concertos. The Erith School Early Music Consort specialising in Renaissance and Baroque music, performed at the Royal Festival Hall, the Barbican Centre, Finchcocks and on Radio Kent.

During the 1980's Mr Molyneux was responsible for 'A' level music tuition in the London Borough of Bexley under Bexley Council's rationalisation scheme. Very high grades were achieved by students from many schools including Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School, Erith School and Blackfen School. Many students went on to university or music college to study music, and have since made successful careers as performers or teachers.

After leaving full-time school music directorships in 1989, Mr Molyneux became a freelance musician and teacher. He was invited to teach A Level and GCSE Music at Townley Grammar School for Girls in Bexleyheath. He was also invited by the Director of Keyboard Studies at Dulwich College to teach piano there, which he did until 2006.

Mr Molyneux has been Piano Secretary of the Blackheath Music Festival since 2001 and is closely involved with the running of the Festival and the preparation of the timetable.

Geoffrey Molyneux has been writing reviews for MusicWeb International (www.musicweb-international) since 2011. These reviews cover the latest recordings of orchestral, vocal, ensemble and keyboard music as well as opera, on CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray Discs and more recently contributing to the monthly 'download roundupí.

He is a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and listed in the "Private Teachers" section. The Private Teachers Register of the I.S.M. is the only national register which can guarantee professional standards, as it lists only qualified and experienced teachers and has a code of ethics and a code of practice. It can be consulted in all good music shops and music libraries or online.