Walker's Strings Ltd
We provide tuition on strings, woodwind and keyboard in our first floor teaching studios.
Instruments taught include:
- Double Bass
All of our lessons are provided by highly qualified and experienced teachers and the first 30 minutes is free. To book in with one of our teachers call Maurice on 01260 400762, email us at [email protected] or contact us through the contact form.
Manager and Co-Director - Maurice Walker
Maurice was born and raised in Chase Town, Cannock in the Midlands. He played the cornet in the local Colliery band and his secondary school orchestra from age 12. His passion for music was rekindled when his granddaughter Jayne (See below) started playing the violin at age 4.
Before co-directing Walker's Strings, Maurice has held several careers, from working in the police force, farming and HGV driving. He is now our shop and tutor manager and is the friendly face of the company on the front desk.
If you have been in the shop and noticed the wooden counter, benches and cabinets, they have all been made by Maurice who is a keen amateur carpenter.
Maurice's outside interests include volunteering at Congleton Youth Orchestra, a Councillor on Congleton Town Council, as well as fishing, gardening, crown green bowling and sailing.
Jayne studied the Viola at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Music with honours (BMus (Hons)) in July of 2011.
She has worked and taught on several small ensemble courses across the UK and appeared in concerts at Stellenbosch University in South Africa as part of the International Viola Congress. She has also taught internationally, holding a post for six months as a string tutor in Kuching, Borneo.
Jayne's playing first started as a young child when she started to learn the violin at the age of 4, cello at age 16 and then later taking up the viola as a third study which then went on to be her principal study whilst being a part of the Junior RNCM. Jayne later went on to win the Junior RNCM Viola prize. She is also the string tutor at Congleton Youth Orchestra.
For more information on Congleton Youth Orchestra visit:
Elvira is an experienced music teacher of piano, woodwind and theory.
From Early beginnings on the recorder and piano she soon progressed to oboe and won a scholarship as a junior exhibitioner to Trinity College London to study piano to diploma level and musicianship.
Originally classically trained, she now spends more time playing jazz on her saxophone in a Big Band which she started some 8 years ago.
As a musician Elvira works with people in the community living with dementia. As a mother Elvira is kept entertained by her numerous children and ever growing team of grandchildren.
Elvira lives in Timbersbrook with her mischievous cocker spaniel Jensen and her husband John. Or is it the other way around...?
Becky began learning the violin aged 7, alongside the piano and then later the clarinet, aged 10.
With the Violin being her principle study, she graduated in the summer of 2018, with a 2.1 Bachelors Degree in Music Performance, from the University of Huddersfield and was also awarded the Kaye Prize, for best string player 2018 by the university. During her time there, she performed a number of recitals, most notably pieces by composers Janacek and Grieg. She also particularly enjoyed partaking in improvisation, as a soloist and with a group. In November 2017, she gained further knowledge of contemporary music by volunteering at the Huddersfield Contemporary music festival, which had a profound effect on her perception of music.
Becky volunteers for Congleton Youth Orchestra and has always relished the opportunity to collaborate with other musicians. She has played with North Staffordshire Symphony Orchestra in the 1st violins from the age of 16 and with other ensembles like KEMS in Macclesfield and as a soloist with Newcastle Strings.
Immersed in a musical family, Amy was fully supported and encouraged in her woodwind central career choice
From age 6 Amy has studied the piano, attaining grade 8 in 2013. She has also achieved a grade 8 on the flute on which she started at age 7.
In 2015 Amy was accepted into Manchester University to study music. This included genres such as western pop and classical to world music, mainly focusing on the gamelan orchestras of Indonesia. She achieved a first in her final year flute recital and graduated in 2018.
As well as solo playing, Amy is a keen orchestral musician, having been introduced to ensemble playing at Congleton Youth Orchestra age 9.
Amy has played in many shows as part of the pit orchestra, including Guys 'n' Dolls, Calamity Jane, Iolanthe and many more. She has also played at Cambridge university, in Wales at Flutefest and in Ireland with the Manchester University Music Society.
Her teaching portfolio includes Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet and Oboe.