‘Violin lessons with Cathy are the highlight of my week, even if I’ve had a tiring day I leave my lessons feeling energised and inspired. I have recently transitioned to online lessons (due to coronavirus) and these are working really well for me, Cathy has a whole range of ideas to get the most out of online teaching too. Although I’m a recent Music BMus graduate, violin is a new instrument for me. I’m an unusual student who can already read music fluently (having played the clarinet from a young age), but my lessons are catered to my individual needs and I always feel a perfect balance between being challenged and the kind gentle approach (which is exactly what I was looking for). Cathy is a fantastic player and a highly experienced teacher with all ages and abilities and I appreciate both her musicianship and her teaching method in every lesson.’
‘Cathy is a fantastic teacher, who uses a wonderfully holistic approach to violin teaching. I played violin since I was a child, played in the National Youth Orchestra and lead my university symphony orchestra. I work as a professional singer, but wanted to address performance anxiety issues that I had been experiencing as an amateur violinist. Cathy used an armoury of different methods to help me work on this, including technical bowing exercises and mental preparation and visualisation. Mostly importantly, she reinstilled in me the love of playing string music, and reminded me that it is most important to have fun. She is a knowledgeable, caring and empathetic teacher who takes real care to consider her individual pupil’s needs.’
‘My 11-year-old daughter has been learning from Cathy for nearly 3 years from grade 4 to grade 8. I’m very amazed of how fast she could teach a difficult piece in a few lessons. I’m especially very thankful for her full concentration during every lesson and so detailed and patient to note down the fingerings and parts to practice in every lesson. She always plans ahead for pieces or techniques to learn one after another. She has already planned the diploma pieces which my daughter has started learning now. My daughter got 3 music scholarships and 2 music exhibition offers at several independent schools. She also won first place in Junior Challenge and Recital in violin last year at Stratford Music Festival.’
‘My daughter Jess loves her violin lessons with Cathy. She enjoys the diverse range of techniques, activities and genres that Cathy employs, her specific and timely use of praise and tips and pointers to take her playing to the next level every lesson. Cathy has taken Jess through preparing for orchestral, solo and exam performances and has been vital to her success, progression and enjoyment. Thank you Cathy!’
‘Cathy mixes patience, kindness and humour with superb musicianship. It’s a winning combination. I have encountered her teaching at NLMS where she brings a group of aspiring violinists through a week-long programme. Cathy is able to deal with all abilities. By creating an atmosphere of calm and relaxation, she brings out the best in each player. Cathy can also teach all age ranges with ease, from eight to eighty eight. Her playing carries something quite special and it seems to be developing all the time. That’s why we aspire to play like Cathy!’ TECrilly
‘Cathy Fox has taught, and continues to teach violin to our sons, Henry and Hugo. She has brought both boys to a most acceptable level of performance, and on grades they are studying Grades 6 and grade 7 respectively.
Alongside pursuing their grades, they have been involved in a wide range of extra- curricular activities invariably initiated and encouraged by Cathy. As neither my husband or I are violinists, she has been key in introducing the boys to a wide range of performance opportunities – There have been numerous , residential and non-residential music camps, day and evening school performances where she was always present.
Outside of the usual school event, she introduced our youngest son to the very prestigious London Schools Symphony Orchestra (LSSO) where he successfully, under her keen tutelage, auditioned for a place in the strings section. On a practical level she has also guided us on the actual purchase of instruments and this advice has proven to be invaluable .
She is a committed and enthusiastic teacher, whose love for her violin has certainly proven to inspire our sons…
We without reservation recommend Cathy as a dedicated and inspiring Violin teacher.’ Barry
‘I love Cathy’s teaching. From my first lesson I felt completely at ease and in very capable hands. I’m an adult learner/returner to the violin and had brought what I thought was a very easy but dull piece of work by Thomas Tallis to play and get initial feedback on. By the end of the lesson Cathy had transformed the ‘piece of work’ into a piece of music for me; full of delicate phrasing and building momentum, it became magnificent and made me very happy 🙂 ‘ Claire