Helen Butterworth (Violin/Viola)
Helen is the Director of South Croydon Suzuki Group since 1990 teaching individual violin and group lessons each week, and herself a Suzuki parent. Before training as a Suzuki violin teacher, she worked as a freelance oboist, accompanist and conductor.
As a London Suzuki Group teacher, she regularly leads Group performances at Cadogan Hall, London and Royal College of Music, London. She teaches at many Suzuki workshops in London, Southern England and East Anglia, and also accompanist and conductor.
Her 10 “Gems for…. Ensembles” books are used all over the world for Suzuki Group performances on violin, viola, cello, flute and junior string orchestra.
Mallory Hamm (Violin/Viola)
Mallory started Suzuki violin studies at age 6. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Violin Performance and Pedagogy from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana, studying with Mimi Zweig, Director of the Indiana University String Academy. While attending IU,she was also an instructor at the IU String Academy, a pre-college program for ages 4-18, and a teaching assistant at the IU Summer String Academy.
She received her Suzuki training at the Chicago Suzuki Institute and the Indianapolis Music Academy in the United States and completed her Suzuki training in the UK through the British Suzuki Institute.
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.
Clare Raybould (Violin/Viola)
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 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 London Suzuki Group.