Freelance classical pianist and cellist, accompanist, piano tutor and session musician based in Dolgellau, North Wales. Serving Cheshire & North/Mid Wales but willing to travel within the UK.
Coming from a family of professors of music and piano technicians I learnt to read music from an early age. At ten years old I joined the cello section of the Gwynedd Môn Youth Symphony Orchestra under the tutorship of Heather Bills, herself an ex-pupil of the legendary Jacqueline du Pre and co-principal cellist of the renowned Hallé Orchestra.
I studied piano with Elizabeth Ellis (ARCM, FRCM. Dip Advanced Performance RCM) in 2002 and passed ABRSM Grade 8 in 2004, a mere two and a half years after receiving my first piano lesson. I have performed and taught privately since 2004 and am currently working towards my Licentiate with Trinity Guildhall London.
I have played regularly at functions and weddings throughout the North Wales and Cheshire areas since 2004, and often play at events as far afield as the South coast. For more information please see the Weddings & Corporate page.
I accompany vocalists (such as Only Men Aloud's Ben Smith, Bryn Terfel Scholarship 2011 / 2012 winner Huw Ynyr Evans, entrant Sian Crisp and singer / songwriter Donna Lea Morris) and instrumentalists for competitions, concerts, grade exams and studio recording sessions.
I teach piano privately, tutoring pupils in a laid-back and friendly style entirely tailored to their needs. Pupils may choose to study for ABRSM and Trinity Guildhall graded examinations or just for fun, and I welcome beginners and refreshers alike. I will also tutor music theory in line with the Associated Board and Trinity's requirements. For more information, please see the Tuition page.
I also represent one half ot the Telano Duo, a harp and piano duo who hope to bring a fresh approach to the classical repertoire. Please see the Telano page for more information.
I recently resigned as resident organist at St. Mary's Church, Dolgellau.
Bethan Antur, Head of Music, Ysgol y Gader Dolgellau
"Not only is Ashley a musician from head to toe, but an exceptional pianist - and a fantastic teacher!"
Sian Crisp, Bryn Terfel Scholarship contestant 2011 - Royal Academy of Music graduate in Musical Theatre
"Ashley is as professional a pianist as any - at short notice I asked him to accompany me whilst recording a single and without hesitation he was happy to do so. I could not have asked for a more passionate performance. A highly talented individual who I would recommend to anyone".
Donna Lea Morris, Jazz vocalist
" Ashley is an extremely versatile pianist. Not only extremely capable but also reassuring, he makes it an absolute pleasure to work with him. "
Sue Nicholls, client at wedding (Rowton Hall, Chester) (April 2011)
"I would like to thank Ashley for his wonderful contribution to Katie and Jacks wedding last year. Ashley was the perfect choice not only because his skills as a pianist but he also bought a personal touch which made a very happy day even more special.
Thank you once again, you are a very talented man indeed and a must for that extra special wedding."
Lois & Phil Smithies, clients at wedding (Christ Church, Bala) (June 2011)
" Your wonderful music was the perfect backdrop to our ceremony, you created exactly the right mood for the occasion. We had one of the best days of our lives, and thank you so much for helping to make it so special. "