Dr Downing's Authors 

Listed in alphabetical order.

Adrian Morris, Bass Trombone Hall� OrchestraAdrian "Benny" Morris, FRNCM, PPRNCM.

My revered Trombone Professor, friend and co-author, died after a long battle with cancer 28th October 2015.

In 1999 Adrian was appointed Principal Bass Trombone with The Hallé Orchestra in Manchester, England, a position he held until his death. He was also Senior Trombone Tutor at The Royal Northern College of Music and Salford University. Adrian played with many of the country's leading orchestras and performed in most of Europe's finest Concert Halls. His many successful students all describe him as an inspirational teacher - we agree wholeheartedly!

He was recognised for his Services to Music by the Royal Northern College of Music appointing him a Fellow (FRNCM) in June 2015

Andrew May is a Double Reed specialist.

After studying in Edinburgh, he worked in the workshop of a major orchestral retailer in the south-west of England for over 2 years. Since his return to Edinburgh in 2000, he worked at The Wind Section, building a reputation for top quality Double Reed repairs, as well as doing all the admin. Andy has now set up on his own.

Originally a clarinettist, he now plays bassoon with a local community orchestra and can be seen playing bodhran (and occasionally bass clarinet and bassoon!) in folk sessions in and around Edinburgh.

Eddie AshtonEddie Ashton.

Edwin and his brother Don trade as Woodwind & Co, one of the most respected woodwind repair companies in the North of England.  Eddie, the author of the Clarinet and Saxophone First Aid Doctors, lectures on repairs and maintenance at Chethams School, Manchester and the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester.

Don AshtonDon Ashton.

Don is the co-author of the Professional Saxophone Fingering Chart.  As well as a respected repairer, Don is an equally respected teacher and writer on the saxophone.

Bas BellThe late Professor Sebastian Bell FRAM, Hon RCM

Born in the UK, his professional career included: Sadler's Wells Opera, Principal Flute with BBC Welsh Orchestra, Principal and Solo Flute with London Sinfonietta.   Recordings include: Toward the Sea by Toru Takemitsu with John Williams, and George Benjamin's Antara, winner of 1990 Gramophone Contemporary Music Award. He was also a flute technician, specialising in old French instruments. He is the co-author of the Professional Flute Fingering Chart.

It was with shock and great sadness that we learned of his untimely death at the age of 65 in September 2007.


Gloria Bakhshayesh

A graduate of the Northern School of Music in Manchester, now the RNCM and the University of London and the Kodaly intitute, Gloria is currently leader of the Hazel Grove Orchestra, Stockport and a teacher in private practice.


Peter BowmanPeter Bowman.

Author of the Recorder Technique Doctors, and the Professional Recorder Fingering Chart,  Peter is lecturer in instrumental studies at Christchurch College, Canterbury.  He is also the founder of the UK Branch of the European Recorder Teachers Association and current Chairman.  He has written extensively about Recorder Technique and teaching principles.

sandra DowningSandra Downing.

Co-founder of Dr Downing Music.  Sandra devised the original concept with the Bassoon Reed Doctor, and co-authors and edits the series with Peter Moore.

sandra DowningKeith Hatton

Captain Keith Hatton was born at Bolton, Lancashire, and began his music making at the age of 12 within the brass band tradition. He enlisted into the Irish Guards in 1975 and served with their Regimental Band as a tuba player. Keith became an Associate of the Royal College of Music in 1980 and a Fellow of Trinity College of Music, London, the following year.

In 1984 he entered the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, to undergo the three-year Student Bandmasters' course and upon graduation was appointed Bandmaster to the Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment (Berkshire and Wiltshire). He passed the Advanced Certificate of Music examination (psm) in 1993 and was Commissioned and appointed Director of Music of the King’s Division Normandy Band in 1994.

In 1995 he was awarded the degree of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the Open University. During his last 2 years with the Regular Army he served as Drums Company Commander at the Infantry Training Centre, Catterick.

Upon returning to civilian life he has served as Director of Music with the Greater Manchester Police Band, the Lancashire Artillery Volunteers’ Territorial Army Band and as Conductor of the Blackpool Symphony Orchestra. Keith is currently the Musical Director of the Poynton Royal British Legion Concert Band.

Is an expert Tuba player and author of our Tuba Fingering charts:

Look out for Doctor Downing's Tuba Technique Doctors which are in preparation.

Sylvia MannSylvia Mann

Author of the Cello Technique Doctor.  Formerly Principal Cellist in the BBC Radio Orchestra, Sylvia studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London.  A busy freelance performer, Sylvia also teaches and practices creative music therapy.

Nadia LassersonNadia Lasserson ARAM, ARCM, GRSM BMus(Lond.)

Author of the Piano Technique Doctor.  Mann's Memorial Prize winner while a student at the Royal Academy of Music, Nadia is an experienced performer of concertos, lieder and chamber music and has a wide experience of piano teaching. Head of Keyboard and Chamber Music at James Allens Girls' School, Dulwich, England, Nadia also teaches privately and at Trinity College of Music Junior Department, London, England.

A festival adjudicator and an Examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Nadia is the founder of the London Piano Quartet (8 hands, 2 pianos). A firm believer in the value of ensemble playing for pianists, Nadia runs ensemble workshops in the UK and abroad

Peter Moore

Peter Moore

Co-founder of Dr Downing Music and co-author of the Clarinet, Flute, and Saxophone Doctors. His latest book, "Playing the Clarinet is Easy!" has become our worldwide best-seller.

Peter Moore, himself a victim of initial poor teaching, understands fully the problems of overcoming faults. With over 61 years experience of learning, playing and teaching the clarinet, Peter has researched and developed his highly successful teaching method.

For many years his first books, the Clarinettist's Technique Doctor and Clarinettist's Advanced Technique Doctor have helped thousands of clarinettists to improve their playing.

Peter's unique clarinet method can be used alongside any tutor book.  Standard clarinet tutor books only teach music.  They do NOT show you how to play the clarinet properly.  Most of them get the basics completely wrong. 

Justin WardJustin Ward

Author of the Violin & Viola Technique Doctor, Justin, a viola specialist, enjoys a musical career involving almost every aspect of the musical profession. From film sessions to chamber music; Wagner's Ring cycle to late night cabaret and teaching amateur players of all abilities.

Bram Wiggins. Co-author of the Cornet and Trumpet Technique Doctor. 

Bram Wiggins was a Walter Stokes Orchestral Scholar at the Royal Academy of Music where his main study was the trumpet under the late George Eskdale, who subsequently Bram Wigginsinvited him to join the London Symphony Orchestra as assistant first trumpet and principal cornet.

After eleven years with the LSO, Bram Wiggins joined the CBC (Winnipeg) Orchestra and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Canada, where he also worked as band director, conductor, trumpet soloist and adjudicator. On returning to the UK, he played with all the major orchestras. He also examined regularly at the Royal Academy, Trinity College and Birmingham Conservatory. He has been awarded prizes for his compositions for Concert Band.

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