Express yourself through the language of music.
Laura Gilroy BMus MPerf
N-W, West/Central London
I believe every child should have the chance to learn an instrument and experience the enjoyment that comes from making music. I maintain a relaxed atmosphere where the student can thrive and keep lessons fun whilst still meeting their primary learning objective.
Laura Gilroy is a graduate of the Royal College of Music in London where she obtained both a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Performance degrees. Laura began playing cornet at the age of 12 where she quickly worked her way through the positions of both her local and county brass bands to hold the principal seats. During her secondary studies, Laura toured both Norway and Japan with the Ayrshire Schools Brass Band and National Youth Brass Band of Scotland. Initially pursuing a career as a secondary music teacher, Laura began her Bachelor of Education in Music degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland at the age of 17. It was during the first two years where she realised her true passion lay in orchestral performance and began studying trumpet with principal trumpet of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Mark O’Keeffe.
Laura transferred her studies in 2010 to join the Bachelor of Music course at the Royal College of Music and obtained a 2:1 degree with honours graduating in 2013. Choosing to further her studies at the RCM on the Master of Performance course, where she was kindly supported by a Sir Philip Shelbourne Award for Brass, Laura continued to receive lessons from Philharmonia’s principal and second trumpets, Alistair Mackie and Mark Calder respectively, and Alan Thomas, principal trumpet of BBC Symphony Orchestra. She held principle seats in the RCM’s Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras working with renowned conductors such as Sir Roger Norrington and John Wilson. Laura also completed a side by side scheme playing in the orchestra of the English National Opera in productions of Wozzeck, Carmen and The Mikado. Other notable performances include playing in Buckingham Palace for guests including HRH Prince of Wales, Principal Trumpet of Women of the World Orchestra 2015 and performances of mass orchestral works in Royal Festival Hall with the RCM Symphony Orchestra.
Laura also expanded her musical knowledge by taking on a second study of Conducting with Peter Stark. This enabled her to work alongside and partake in masterclasses by visiting conductors at the RCM. She used this experience to assist in conducting a local youth orchestra in their weekly rehearsals.
Laura is passionate about music education; teaching brass, piano, recorder and general musicianship privately and in schools across West London. She believes everyone should have the opportunity to explore music and instrumental lessons and tailors her approach to the individuals and their needs and goals.