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Tim Farnhill

Tim lives and breathes music from timeless classical music to some chart-topping future classics! A versatile performer, teacher, composer, arranger and conductor, he has been involved in a wide range of musical activities and roles through his education and career.

Having studied at Huddersfield Polytechnic, as it was known then, he was awarded a Graduate Diploma in Music; then successfully undertook a Master of Arts degree at the University of York, specialising in flute.  At both Huddersfield and York Tim studied flute with John Barrow, who studied with Geoffrey Gilbert – one of the foremost English flute players of the 20th century – and has played in most British Orchestras.  During this time Tim also continued his piano studies beyond Grade 8, played in various orchestras and ensembles as well as holding down a pub pianist job during term time.

More recently Tim worked as Director of Music for Queen Ethelburga’s School, a position which he held for six years.  This role involved leading choirs and instrumental groups as well as teaching GCSE, A Level and BTec music.  It was a privilege to be part of the student musical journey and to see several students go on to study music at the University of York and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Growing up in York Tim was fortunate to be taught by inspirational music teacher Barry Russell at Archbishop Holgate’s Grammar School as it was then.  Because of this, he had the opportunity to play in various ensembles at the Royal Albert Hall and South Bank Concert Halls in London as part of the National Festival of Music for Youth competition and the BBC School’s Prom.

As a teenager Tim took an active part in music at church, including playing flute on various recordings and touring with the church choir.  In addition to this he also played piano and flute in various theatre productions in York.

Later Tim also when on to work full time at St. Michael-le-Belfrey Church in York as Assistant Director of Music, responsible for developing the music for a more youth orientated service as well as leading the choir and instrumental ensemble for a major carol service in York Minster.

Tim is still heavily involved in developing the music at his church York Vineyard which he attends with his wife, whilst also enjoying the roller-coaster ride that is all part of bringing up our four delightful children.

Hopefully this brief synopsis of Tim’s journey has given you an insight in the man behind the work. If you would like to discuss lessons or any of music services that Tim offers, then please get in touch using this contact page.