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Our Teachers

Ronan MacManus

Ronan MacManus was born in Belfast and started playing violin when he was 10 years old. At secondary school Ronan won prizes at many music festivals around Northern Ireland, and held the position of principal viola with the Irish Youth Orchestra and Irish Camerata Opera Company. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama under the tuition of Edwin Paling, Olivier Lemoine and Andrew Berridge. He gained his Masters qualification and Instrumental Teaching Diploma at Trinity College of Music, London.
Ronan has been an active instrumental teacher and performer around London since finishing his postgraduate studies He performs regularly with The Orion Orchestra, Orpheus Symphonia, Marcel Symphony Orchestra and The Amadeus Orchestra. Professionally Ronan has performed with The Dartington Festival Orchestra, Scottish Opera, and was recently awarded a place in the European Union Youth Orchestra. He has also given numerous recitals as a solo performer and as a chamber musician with The Sark Trio in prestigious venues including Blackheath Halls and Kings Place.

Ronan enjoys an active role in musical education and provides individual and group instrumental lessons to children of all ages. He also enjoys chamber ensemble and orchestral coaching, taking orchestral rehearsals and teaching musicianship and theory as he does on a weekly basis. Ronan specialises in group instrumental tuition and peer learning in music education, and is proud to work as Roundabout Programme Co-ordinator at the Conservatoire. 

"I love to teach because my interest in string pedagogy came as a result from the inspirational teaching I received as a child. My previous teachers excited my interest in music and all of its rewards, and I too wish to inspire my students through music in the same way."