Keys Review is the latest offering from Gold Media and Events, providing consumers with free and impartial advice on stage piano, home pianos, keyboards and synths. Produced with the same high quality standards as sister sites Drummer’s Review, Acoustic Review and Bass Guitar Review, along with further insight from our presenter of Keys Review, Thomas Quirke, Keys Review will become the new home for all things keys and champion this sector exclusively.
About: Thomas Quirke Pianist and Educator
Thomas has been a performing musician and educator for 28 years. Coming from a musical background his father, Michael Quirke was a singer and teacher in the 60’s, who inspired him to perform in bands from the age of 10. By 11 he had already recorded his first album which was recorded at Pinewood Studios for a LWT travel series called Travel Trails.
In 2002, Thomas studied a degree in World Contemporary Jazz and managed to secure a teaching post after this. In 2008, he became the Head of Music at Hayle Community School. This was a challenging yet rewarding position for him, as students did not have a high level of performance skills. Over his 5 years at this school he learnt the importance of music performance for teenagers and working in groups promoted confidence, skill and an escapism from the outside world.
In 2013, he began work at Truro and Penwith College as an educator in performance and Jazz improvisation. This is a role that he loved to teach, as performance has always been a passion.Thomas currently teaches A-Level Music, BTEC Music Performance and coordinates various Music Performance Academies. His role has always been to keep live music fun and exciting and over the years his students have managed to progress into many higher educational institutes as well as becoming professional musicians performing around the world.
“As a musician I have the privilege of performing with bands in supporting artists such as Oasis, Lily Allen and the Petshop Boys. I have also performed with Jason Rebello (UK Jazz award winning Jazz Pianist and Lillian Boutte (ex Jazz Ambassador for New Orleans). I also perform with function bands as well as solo piano performances around the UK.”
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