Clare Raybould (Violin/Viola)
Clare studied violin at the Royal Academy of Music and has been teaching the violin for over 15 years. After being introduced to the Suzuki method in 2007 she began training, completing Level 5 in 2012. Clare has taught for a number of London schools including Thomas' London Day Schools where she was head of Strings and Hill House International Junior School. International Suzuki teaching includes Bryanston International Summer School and Cellofest International Summer School.
As a freelance violinist Clare has performed with numerous orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia and Northern Sinfonia. She also works with string quartets and pop, film and TV sessions.
Michiko Takahashi (Violin)
Michiko was a Suzuki child in Tokyo and completed all 10 Suzuki Books, continued to learn further repertoire from Chuichi Takasugi, who was a close friend of Dr Suzuki. She regularly attended the Summer School in Matsumoto and received lessons from Dr Suzuki. She had over 10 years of a successful career as a neuroscientist. In 2007, she looked for a Suzuki violin teacher for her son, there was a shortage of qualified Suzuki teachers in South London, which prompted her to start her teacher training at the British Suzuki Institute.
She is a Level 4 Suzuki teacher and teaches at Ivydale School and at home. She is an active member of the London Suzuki Group.
Michiko is currently studying for her MSc in Performing Arts Medicine at UCL, to combine her two life long interests, science and music.
Susan Fletcher (Violin)
Sue began learning the violin and the piano at the age of 10, after a family move from Cheshire to the South of England.
After completing a specialist music course in Hampshire, Sue moved to London to study with the late Howard Davis (Alberni String Quartet) at the Royal Academy of Music, gaining an honours degree, a postgraduate certificate and a teaching diploma.
On leaving the Academy, Sue joined the 1st violin section of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and after 2 years moved back to London to enjoy many years playing with the Philharmonia Orchestra, with whom she is still performing today. As a freelance player Sue has played in London, the UK, and travelled on tour with many orchestras often in guest principal positions, such as the City of Birmingham Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Royal Scottish Orchestra, English National Opera, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Ensemble of London, Premiere Ensemble and Garsington Opera.
A fully trained Suzuki teacher, and also a trained music therapist, Sue is now enjoying a busy life balancing her performing career with regular teaching and coaching… most importantly, encouraging and teaching her 8 year old daughter to play the violin and the piano – Suzuki Method of course!
Rachel Drayson (Cello)
Rachel has been a Suzuki Cello teacher since 2002. She has worked as both a Cello teacher and classroom music teacher in several schools in South West London.
Rachel has enjoyed working at various chamber music courses, Suzuki workshops and as co-director of Cellofest International Summer School from 2011-2019.
Rachel currently teaches Cello from her home in Surbiton and is enjoying her new role of Suzuki parent with her 5-year-old son.
BMus Hons, PGCE, ESA Level 4