Stoke CMS Alumni

Laura Farrington

I took an interest in music from an early age.

I was inspired by my uncle, Arthur Wood who regularly performed alongside The Beatles, was a member of the Ceramic City Stompers, the Climax Chicago Blues Band and was an education producer at BBC Radio Stoke. I wanted to be a performer and teacher just like him! I took up keyboard lessons at the age of seven and it was then that I fell in love with music.

Upon moving to high school, I was encouraged by my Head of Music to learn to play an orchestral instrument. There was so much deliberation when it came to choosing an instrument, as there was such a wide variety to choose from. Eventually, my heart settled with the clarinet. My lessons with my CMS teacher were very inspirational. They were very encouraging, supportive and extremely nurturing. I progressed quickly in my lessons which then enabled me to join the school orchestra and the CMS ensemble, the City Youth Wind Orchestra. I was given the opportunity to perform in prestigious venues across the city, country and I was also very fortunate to tour France and Italy. These experiences built up on my confidence, created unforgettable memories and I have made life-long friends, all of which I am eternally grateful for.

I then went on to study Music and Educational Studies at Keele University, graduating with a B.A.(Hons) and I now have a successful career based around my love of music, teaching for the City Music Service. I deliver woodwind and vocal lessons in individual, small group and whole class settings in a large number schools across Stoke-on-Trent at Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form levels. I also rehearse the clarinet ensemble Clarinuts and the intermediate wind ensemble, Concert Band. I follow a unique style of pedagogy in my work enabling children to learn in a fun environment, aiming to inspire and share my passion for music to the future generation of musicians.