Hello! My name is David Jervis. I am a flute and piano teacher with over seven years teaching experience situated in North London, near Finsbury Park and I now have day-time availability to offer lessons!
For two years I taught as a peripatetic woodwind teacher for East Renfrewshire Council, primarily teaching flute at the Saturday Morning Music School and also teaching woodwind instruments in schools around Glasgow. I was also a woodwind sectional coach for the East Renfrewshire Schools Orchestra. During my time at the RSAMD, I was selected to take part in a mentoring scheme in the flute section of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and was also selected to participate in rehearsals side-by-side with RSNO players. I have performed with Red Note Ensemble, one of Scotland’s leading contemporary music ensembles. Additional groups I have performed with have included the Dunedin Consort (principal baroque flute) and Ensemble Thing. I have performed as principal flute with the RSAMD Symphony Orchestra, Opera Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, Musiclab (the RSAMD’s resident new music ensemble), the National Scottish Youth Orchestra and 2nd flute with Glasgow Sinfonia. Through performing with the above ensembles, I have had the privilege of performing under such conductors as Garry Walker (Paragon Ensemble), Baldur Brönnimann (National Symphony Orchestra of Columbia), John Butt (Dunedin Consort), David Danzmayr (Ensemble Acrobat), Peter Donohoe OBE, Christoph Mueller (Göttingen Symphonie Orchester), Philip Mackenzie (Amadeus Orchestra) and Christopher Swaffer (Auricle Ensemble). I have a keen interest in concerto performance. I have been a finalist in the prestigious RSAMD Concerto Competition, performed Fantaisie Pastorale Hongroise (Franz Doppler) with the Stockport Youth Symphony Orchestra and won the Concerto Competition of Glasgow Music Festival. Other successes with Glasgow Music Festival include being awarded the Festival Association Award and the Ian McIntyre bursary, allowing me to attend the European Youth Summer Music course. I have been privileged to be given masterclasses by Sir James Galway, Lorna McGhee (international soloist and former co-principal flute, BBC Symphony Orchestra), Ian Clarke (composer and professor of flute, Guildhall School of Music and Drama), Wissam Boustany (international soloist and professor of flute, Royal Northern College of Music), Colin Fleming (principal flute, Ulster Orchestra), Philippa Davies (international soloist) and Ruth Morley (Scottish Flute Trio). Since graduating, my professional engagements have included performing SEVen.waVES for solo flute and electronics by Joseph Hyde with Edit Point in Glasgow’s City Halls. The live recording of this performance is now featured on the composer’s website. I have also given a solo recital in Glasgow University Concert Hall, accompanied by Claire Haslin, performing works by Gaubert, Takemitsu and Hamilton Harty. I have performed solo piano in bars around Glasgow, playing an eclectic mix of jazz, rock and pop.
Philosophy, Style and Expertise
I teach students of all ages and abilities from absolute beginners to post-Grade 8 advanced students. Previous students have ranged between the ages of 4 and 75! If you are wishing to learn flute and/or piano for fun you are very welcome. If you are looking to take your musical learning further, I can provide training for exams (GCSE, A-Level, ABRSM or Trinity/Guidhall) as well as for auditions for orchestras or conservatoires. Previous students have been awarded places in conservatoires, such as the RSAMD. I also offer music theory lessons (to Grade 8 level) for students that want to know how music really works. In my lessons I aim to create a relaxed, student-centred environment where I invite the student to be as inquisitive and creative as possible.