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.
Shuna Dickens (Violin)
Shuna began playing the violin at the age of 3 as a Suzuki pupil, studying with her mum, Mysie Ferguson. She has fond memories of attending Suzuki workshops and concerts all over the UK. She was a founder member of the National Children's Orchestra of Scotland and went on to play with both the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and Camerata Scotland. She went on to study at the Royal Northern a College of Music attaining her undergraduate degree under Maciej Rakowski and postgraduate with Malcolm Layfield.
Shuna then moved to London to embark on a busy career as a freelance player where she performed extensively in orchestras and string quartets and began training to be a Suzuki teacher. Shuna is now a fully qualified level 5 Suzuki teacher and has taught at workshops throughout the UK and Ireland.
Shuna has recently trained to be a Suzuki Early Childhood Education teacher and is really enjoying seeing the babies engage with and learn through music. She has also embarked on her journey as a Suzuki teacher/mother by teaching her daughter, Isla, the violin. It is fascinating to see all 3 sides the Suzuki triangle!
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!
Becky Homent (Cello)
Becky is an experienced Level 3 Suzuki Cello teacher, SECE teacher and cellist from Marshfield, near Bath.
After a childhood packed with music, and several years playing with Proteus under the direction of Hilary Davan Wetton she pursued other careers in IT and horticulture. She followed a strong calling back to music 20 years ago, discovering the Suzuki method through her children, and hasn’t looked back. She loves playing in various trios and quartets and now runs a dynamic studio teaching children of all ages, with a strong emphasis on team spirit and self-esteem.
She is an active member of Suzuki South West, taught at the fabulous CelloFest and is very much looking forward to teaching in person again, after much Zooming and more recently some very enjoyable lessons in the garden! In her spare time, she loves to sing in the Bath Bach Choir and walk and swim with her family and their dog!
Frazer Scott (Singing)
Scottish Bass-Baritone, Frazer Scott studied with Prof. Susan McCulloch on the Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s Opera Course. Prior to this, he completed a PostGraduate Certificate in Performance and a Guildhall Artists Masters degree (MMus and MPerf Distinction) at the Guildhall School. As an undergraduate, he was awarded a First Class Honours BMus Degree from Birmingham Conservatoire, where he studied with Henry Herford.
Frazer has performed a wide range of Operatic repertoire internationally and to great acclaim. He also enjoys singing French Mélodie, Oratorio and English Song. He recently won the Schubert Society Lieder Prize at the 2019 London Song Festival. In the summer, he will join Garsington Opera as an Alvarez Young Artist.
In terms of teaching, student success includes roles in Harry Potter “The Cursed Child” (West End), Oliver (Grange Park Opera), The Lion King (West End), Anna Nicole (ROH), Die Zauberflöte (ROH) and successful applications to The Brit School, Italian Conti, Bird College, Trinity Laban, Mountview and East15.
Frazer currently leads the singing programme at Southbank International (Westminster) and teaches from his home in S.E. London. He believes in a holistic approach to teaching, identifying specific needs which students have and responding accordingly in an inspiring, encouraging and fun way. Further information can be found on