Grant Horsley Music Grant Horsley DIP. R.C.M.PERF. CERT ED (FENTO) M.C.I.E.A.
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Grant was trained at the Royal College of Music London graduating in 1982. He studied piano performance with Angus Morrison OBE, piano accompaniment with Ruth Gerald, flute with Edward Walker, conducting with Sir Norman Del Mar and composition with Alan Ridout and Stephen Dodgson. He then went on to gain his teaching qualification (Cert Ed Fento) at Greenwich University.

 

Whilst a student at the RCM he occasionally rehearsed with the Royal Ballet School and later with London Festival Ballet including workshops led by Christopher Gable at summer schools.

 

He had his own show produced, performed and published with lyricist Adrian Wright early in his career  called “The Bluebird” later renamed “Prince Charming” and then went on to work as pianist for the Cameron Macintosh group.

 

He has an active career playing all types of music from classical to contemporary both as a soloist and as an accompanist. . He has worked as a session musician around the country playing all styles of music, as well as working as an arranger and guest conductor.

 

He spent ten years as Head of Music in the Performing Arts department at Great Yarmouth College in Norfolk, where he specialised in preparing young people for stage performance in classical, rock, jazz and musical theatre. Further afield, his career has involved him performing piano concertos, playing in jazz trios and quartets, playing in rock/function bands and working in various theatres in the role of musical director.

 

 He has played extensively for dance schools around the country for both classical ballet and tap and has been asked by teachers to write short compositions to be used in festivals, competitions and young people’s projects. More recently his music has been used for programmes on both BBC television and international networks.

 

As an independent music professional, he currently divides his time between performing, private tutoring, composing and playing as a registered pianist for both ISTD and RAD ballet examinations and, as a Member of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors, examining A-level music compositions and verifying educational music programmes for schools and colleges.