Adjudicator Nov. 2014
GNSM, LRAM, PGCE
John Foster studied piano with Kendall Taylor and Dennis Matthews at the Royal
Northern College of Music, Manchester. His career has combined performance
and teaching. As a pianist, he has worked as soloist, accompanist and in chamber
groups including the Lydian Trio. Although most of his recital work has been
in the UK, he has performed in France, Germany and Hong Kong where he has
also given radio broadcasts.
In 1983, he founded, jointly with
his wife Joan Foster, the St Cecilia Music Trust whose chamber groups and
chamber orchestra have had notable successes in national competitions.
In 1991, the Trust extended its
work with the launch of an instrumental tuition scheme in schools in Cheshire.
In addition to this work, John
was, for sixteen years a member of staff at the Royal Northern College of
Music Junior School.
His teaching experience has covered
all ages. John is a grade and diploma examiner, trainer and moderator for
ABRSM and has toured for them in Cyprus, Malaysia, New Zealand, Hong Kong,
Thailand, China and USA.
He lives in Wensleydale with his