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John Breese studied classical guitar with Vincent Lindsey-Clark at Southampton University where he achieved the highest distinction mark in his year for performance at Masters level. Whilst there, he was awarded the St Michael’s Church Scholarship and prior to that won the mid Somerset guitar competition on multiple occasions. Since graduating, John maintains a busy schedule performing not only guitar recitals but touring internationally as a member of various bands on banjo and double bass. John’s guitar repertoire explores the more traditional concert pieces as well as lesser known contemporary (but enjoyable!) works.
“Playing to a large audience in Bristol Cathedral, John Breese captivated with his elegant and stylish music-making, blending the familiar with the contemporary. His own enjoyment was shared by all who heard him, and we look forward to a return visit in the not too distant future” Mark Lee, Master of the Choristers & Organist at Bristol Cathedral
John is also an experienced guitar teacher based in Bath. An important aspect of his Masters degree in classical guitar was recognising the significance of individually styled tuition in order to inspire and motivate students. He welcomes all ages and abilities, offering a carefully structured course, providing the opportunity for students to prepare for and enter exams. John has a broad knowledge of contemporary and traditional repertoire to enhance learning. John has consistently achieved distinction for all his guitar exams up to and including performance at masters degree level.
“I think he’s doing a wonderful job in his playing and in only a year… His pieces sound really complex and he’s managing to keep with it. He really enjoys his lessons with you as you have exactly the right touch with him so thank you for all your efforts” Helen, mother of a current guitar student
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- MMus (distinction) University of Southampton – 2011
- BA (Hons) University of Southampton – 2010
- ATCL Diploma (distinction) – 2008