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Terence Allbright

Terence Allbright
Classical Piano Tutor

Terence Allbright was born in Northampton, where he taught himself to play the piano and to compose. At 14 he began organ lessons and became a village organist and choirmaster; then he went to study organ, composition and piano at the Royal College of Music and at the Royal School of Church Music. At this time his Two Chinese Songs were published by the now defunct Waterloo Music in Canada. After that, he went to Cambridge where he was Organ Scholar and Choirmaster at Jesus College, staying for a 4th year to take BMus in composition (with oriental musicologist Laurence Picken) and piano (with John Bigg). Around that time he made recordings with Abbey Records as organist with the choirs of Grimsby Parish Church and St Matthew's Northampton.

Terence then taught piano in London Schools, and became joint Head of Piano at the Centre for Young Musicians  and Piano Adviser for the now non-existent Inner London Education Authority.

A family of string players in Northampton had introduced Terence to the repertoire for violin and piano, viola and piano, cello and piano, piano trios, quartets and quintets; in Cambridge he had a regular partnership with flautist Brenda Dykes, and he often joined with a wind quintet in various combinations. In London he began to work with fellow student Violet Chang, and they gave song recitals and classes all over South East Asia.

In recent years he has often accompanied singers including sopranos Dame Felicity Lott and Jane Manning OBE and Jacquelyn Fugelle, mezzo-sopranos Ann Murray DBE and Susan Legg, tenors Neil Jenkins and Andrew Mackenzie-Wicks and baritones Stephen Roberts, Michael Pearce and Giles White.

Chamber music colleagues have included the Edinburgh String Quartet and the Heath Quartet,  violinists Timothy Callaghan and Ken Aiso, cellist Mikhail Lezdkan, and in the Reinecke Ensemble Stephen Pierce clarinet and Christopher Wellington viola. Terence has performed many programmes of words and music, especially with Gabriel Woolf and with the late Jill Balcon who was a regular partner. With Prunella Scales and Timothy West, Terence and baritone Stephen Roberts have performed in London and Gibraltar, and in 2010 Prelude Records released a double CD of Tennyson's Maud read by Gabriel Woolf and with song settings performed by Terence with Stephen Roberts.

As well as a short and memorable stint in a soap factory, other work over the years has included 8 years as Artistic Director of the Petworth Festival and 5 years as Director of Music at Seaford College, as well as periods conducting the Sutton & Bignor Singers and the Fernhurst Choral Society.
His early compositions include about 50 scores for BBC Radio Drama, but after a long period with composer's block, Terence discarded his compositions to date and started again. His recent work includes songs, piano pieces, chamber music and choral works. He has recently completed a Piano Trio, and is currently working on Narratives and Rituals for 2 pianos and percussion.

www.terenceallbright.com