Ruth Anne Godfrey


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Curriculum Vitae:
Ruth Anne Godfrey 21/04/1985 +31(0)630676826
Leicester High School for Girls 9 GCSE’s (A*- C) 2001
John Cleveland College 3 A2’s 2003
Leeds College of Music BA (Hons) in Jazz Studies (2:1) 2007
Rotterdam Conservatoire Mmus in World music pending
Music Education:
Grade 1-8 ABRSM Clarinet
Grade 1-7 ABRSM Piano
Grade 5 ABRSM Theory
Freelance woodwind tutor Since finishing my grade 8 I have taught privately. 2004 - present
All brass and Woodwind: Workshop assistant I gained the ability to fix woodwind instruments as well as knowledge about instruments. 2006 - 2007
North Yorkshire County Council: Peripatetic teacher I taught woodwind to a number of school in the Harrogate and Skipton area 2007-2009
Skipton Music centre: Conductor I conducted and arrange music for the junior band and senior wind ensemble 2007-2009
Roundhay Music: Peripatetic teacher I taught clarinet and saxophone in the Leeds area 2006-2009
Artforms, Leeds city council: Assistant classroom teacher I helped run a music lesson for a city school teaching the whole class the clarinet 2007
Grammar School at Leeds: Visiting music teacher I taught the clarinet and I ran the clarinet choir 2007-2009
Scarborough College: Visiting music teacher I taught the clarinet and I ran the clarinet choir 2008-2009
American International School, Rotterdam: Assistant Music Teacher I helped run the grade 5 beginner band. Each child had to choose a wind band instrument and learn together 2009-2010
American International School, Rotterdam: Music classroom teacher I teach grades 3,4 and 5 music twice a week. I also run the elementary choir and teach woodwind privately 2010-present
Lighthouse special education school I work as a voluntary music teacher and give a 20 minuet session to each class once a week 2010-present
American School in the Hague I gave a number of workshops and master classes on improvisation from other cultures within a western ensemble 2010
Performance Information:
Since 2005 I have worked as a professional musician. I regularly gig with a number of different ensembles from function and show bands playing saxophones to more alternate ensembles such as accompanying circus acts or poets as a single improvising musician. Through university I was given many opportunities to work with some leading musicians such as Denis Rollins, John Dankworth, Alan Barnes and since leaving university this has carried on allowing me to play with Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Henri Bok and ensembles such as LIMA. This is a small list of some ensembles and projects I have work for.
LCM New Music ensemble Clarinet and Bass Clarinet 2006-2007
Theatre of the dales – The Tempest Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Flute, Accordian, Percussion 2006 Tour
Pit Orchestra – Guys n’ Dolls, Witches of Eastwick Woodwind 2006-2007
Swinepipe (Clarinet Trio) Composer and Clarinets 2006-2010
Harlem big band Alto, Baritone sax and clarinet 2006-2009
Sleaze Orchestra Organiser, composer and clarinetist 2006-2009
Dance Diversity Musician for Kathak Dancers 2006 workshops
York Music Society/Guildhall Orchestra 2nd Clarinet 2007-2008
The Horn Supremacy Baritone saxophone 2009-present
The Skarabeez Saxophones 2010-present
Performance Awards:
Oundle Music festival 2nd prize, Open woodwind 2002
Oundle Music festival 1st prize, open woodwind 2003
Hinckley music festival 1st prize, open woodwind 2003
Hinckley music festival 1st prize, piano duet 2003
JCC Performer of the year 2004
Leeds College of Music Outstanding final performance 2007
Sleaze Orchestra (2006)
Ska in the Attic (2010)
Personal Information:
I began playing the clarinet at the age of six and until I was eighteen I was a member of Leicestershire Arts in Education playing in a number of different ensembles.
In 2004 I enrolled at Leeds College of Music to read Jazz on the clarinet and bass clarinet. Through the three years at college I took a number of different minors but my major was in performance and composition. Outside of college I became active in a number of ensembles such as LIMA (Leeds improvised music association). This gave me the opportunity to play with some high profile musicians such as Matthew Bourne, Dave Kane, Ninon Foiret and Jesse Bannister. I studied under the Italian clarinetist Luca Luciano and the Classical Indian saxophonist Jesse Bannister.
In 2006 I helped form a large ensemble playing original compositions. We received positive reviews in a number of music magazines such as Jazzwise and were able to embark on a number of UK tours.
In 2007 I finished my degree receiving a 2:1 overall and a high 1st and award for my final performance.
Between 2007 and 2009 I worked for a number of schools teaching and performing regularly with a number of different ensembles, from York Guildhall orchestra to a 1920/30’s Harlem band. I also carried on lessons with Jesse Bannister and sitarist Pandit Dharabir Singh and Opera North clarinetist John Robinson.
In 2009 I moved to Rotterdam and started my studies on a Masters in Music course researching different non-western music and exploring their techniques of improvising and using it within my performances.
As well as studying I am also the elementary music teacher at the American school in Rotterdam and a volunteer at Lighthouse Special Education School in Den Haag. I have also given a number of workshops on Improvisation within different cultures, looking at how western players can use non-western music within their own improvisation or ensembles.
Outside of music I am a keen runner and cycler which I do a number of times a week. I also have an interest in photography and travel. I have explored many places and have enjoyed seeing the new cultures and studying their music at the same time.





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