David Fitzgerald offers professional music tuition
Norwich-based David Fitzgerald has enjoyed an outstanding international career as a saxophonist, flautist and composer. He now offers to shares the treasures of his experience as a private tutor.
If you would like to learn Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Piano or Music Theory, David is one of the most inspiring teachers working in Norwich. Under his encouraging teaching, countless students have gone to pursue careers in music.
David is a Christian who has spent some 35 years in the Christian music world, recording and touring with many key worship leaders, song writers and musicians. He now aims to bring all of his past experience to a new generation of aspiring musicians.
From September 2021 David will be launching a new initiative called SaxWorld. This will run during school term time and provide an opportunity for aspiring musicians of all ages to make music with others.
His plan is to offer a safe, creative environment where Saxophonists can make music together, at varying levels or standards of playing. These would offer a progressive course or route, varying in dimension (from Junior Saxophone ensemble, to more Advanced (mixed age group) and Virtuoso (Quartet or small ensemble).
A number of pupils have already committed to become a part of SaxWorld, and as spaces will be limited, David is sure that he shall reach capacity before too long. The initiative will take place on Saturdays at St Anne's Church, Colman Road, Norwich NR4 7HA. There will be Junior Saxology (grades 1 - 4) from 9 - 10am, Saxology (grades 5 - 8) from 10.15 - 11am and Quartz (advanced) from 11.30 am - 12.30 pm.
David commenced his studies at the age of 15 (for three years) at the Royal Marines School of Music in Deal, and played in the Far East and Pacific as principal Flute and Saxophone in Her Majesty’s Royal Marine Band. Back in the UK he took regular part in Royal and State occasions such as the Trooping of the Colour, Royal Tournament and Edinburgh Tattoo.
On leaving the Marines, he continued to play across the world: at events such as the Coronation reception for Queen Beatrice of the Netherlands, with Adrian Snell at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, and not least alongside Marc Bolan, Geno Washington & the Ram Jam Band and Sir Cliff Richard.
He has toured and recorded with many other Christian artists and worship leaders over the years, including Graham Kendrick, Ron Kenoly, Don Moen, Noel Richards, Barry and Batya Segal (Israel), Keith Getty and Stuart Townend.
In 1989, after travelling to Lindisfarne and Iona, he co-founded (with David Bainbridge) the highly acclaimed musical project IONA and recorded two albums (‘Iona’ and ‘The Book Of Kells’). Four further albums as a solo artist followed: ‘Columcille’, ‘Lux Aeterna’, ‘Breath of Heaven’ and ‘God Is Love’. He toured widely and in 1992 returned to study for three years at Anglia Ruskin University before continuing with a recording and touring career.
David moved to Norwich in 1996 and two years later premiered his project ‘The Eye of the Eagle’ at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, performing in Norwich Cathedral. The event was filmed by Anglia TV and later broadcast on national television.
He has taught at many schools across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex and currently teaches at Norwich School, giving one-to-one lessons and directing ensembles.
“My purpose,” said David, “is to equip pupils with good practical skills as well as to assist them to discover a deeper understanding and appreciation of music.” He promotes the progressive study of ABRSM Grade tuition (Classical and Jazz, including improvisation), and equally encourages students to look beyond grades and explore the wider musical landscape.
“I consider my role as a music teacher to be an honour and a privilege,” he said. “It is a God-given blessing to be able to pass on what has been given to me from the very finest of teachers and colleagues to those on the threshold of their journey.”
You can contact David on email@example.com or 01603 632444 or 07872 929346. More information is on his website on www.davidfitzgerald.co.uk
Pictured top is David Fitzgerald on the Norfolk Coast, and (centre) on tour with Graham Kendrick