Music students set to benefit from world-class additions to the music department
As Shrewsbury Riverside continues to grow in both size and reputation, we also see the arrival of a number of new staff at the start of the 2020-21 academic year.
Perhaps some of the most notable new appointments are in the Music department, which is strengthened by the addition of some world-class musicians, and whose expertise will help to nurture and guide the next generation of performing talent at Shrewsbury.
Woodwind and Brass students will be working with new Head of Studio, Mr Paul Archibald. Paul has long-term relationships with some of the highly-regarded orchestras and musical academies in the UK as both a performer and educator, and has developed a range of specialist courses as part of his work with English Music Academy and English Brass Academy. He has many creative credits to his name and is highly regarded across the musical spectrum having played with Sir Paul McCartney, Oasis and Barbara Streisand, to name but a few. Adding to the peripatetic staff under Mr Archibald’s roster, we also welcome a duo of highly regarded Thai saxophonists, Thitapa (Meaw) Jirawattanaphan and Supat (Big) Hanpatanachai.
Players of Cello, Violin and Viola meanwhile, will benefit from the guidance of Shrewsbury’s newly appointed Head of Strings; award-winning Cellist, Ms Rowena Calvert. A former member of the Cavaleri String Quartet, Ms Calvert has toured globally and released several critically-acclaimed records. No stranger to the big stage, Ms Calvert has played in world-famous venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, frequently appears on BBC Proms and has played on blockbuster films such as Wonder Woman and Mission Impossible. In addition, she has taught privately for over 20 years.
Ms Calvert is joined in Bangkok by husband and London Symphony Orchestra first section violinist, Mr Rhys Watkins. Rhys has been a finalist and prize-winner in several major international competitions including the Jeunesses Musicales International Violin Competition (Belgrade) and the Paganini International Violin Competition (Moscow). Joining Shrewsbury as a Violin Tutor, Mr Watkins will lend considerable experience both in the classroom and on stage.
The Shrewsbury Music department is delighted to welcome these sterling professionals to our school. Building upon the work of their predecessors, Ms Tatiana (Strings) and Ms Drew (Woodwind and Brass), appointments of this calibre demonstrate the Shrewsbury's commitment to ensuring that the school remains the no.1 leader for both academic and musical excellence in Thailand.