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Catherine Gunnett, Principal Bassoonist, ESO

Music began for me with the recorder at primary school, moving on to clarinet and finally discovering the bassoon at the age of 13.

I first learned with Essex peripatetic teachers and then moved on to lessons with Vernon Elliott. He took me through to my LTCL bassoon diploma at Trinity College of Music whilst I was studying at Royal Holloway College, University of London, for my Bachelor of Music. I then trained as a teacher.

I started my orchestral experience with KEGs Orchestra and then played in Essex Youth Orchestra throughout my teenage years. I joined Essex Symphony Orchestra when I returned to Essex to begin my teaching career and have been here ever since! I also play with the Danzi Wind Quintet, a group of Essex Symphony Orchestra wind players.

I have combined teaching primary music and instrumental teaching for many years. Following my marriage in the summer and subsequent move to Wickford, I teach bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, flute and recorder both in schools and at home and my client base is continuing to expand.

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