Tim Grant-Jones GRSM LRAM ARCM LTCL MTC
Examiner for Trinity College, London
I studied piano, piano accompanying, trombone and euphonium at the Royal Academy of Music. After graduating, I studied there for a 4th year on a scholarship to concentrate on piano accompanying where I won the Kate Leventon Prize for accompanying and also gained the highest levels in harmony, keyboard harmony and aural skills.
Then I gained my PGCE equivalent (MTC) at London University Institute of Education. During this year I met and worked alongside Yvonne Enoch whose group piano teaching practice is world-renowned.
From then onwards, I have mixed my work with piano playing and teaching, Key stage 3 and GCE teaching, examining, composing and being a church organist. I have held head of music posts at 3 upper schools in Bedfordshire and worked with various choral societies and opera groups.
Many of my pupils have gone on to a career in music or music teaching. Most, I hope, still remember how to enjoy playing the piano later in life.
My work as an examiner is with Trinity (grade and diploma exams) and I have been involved in the training of new examiners, writing of the aural books, recording the aural book CDs, selecting music for syllabuses and marking theory papers. I also examine the Yamaha keyboard grade exams ‘Play for Keeps’ under the Trinity umbrella.
My work as a composer has ranged from creating piano trio arrangements (piano – six hands) to full-scale choral music with soloist and orchestra. Most recently was ‘Psalm 150’ in a unique blues-style setting for Bedford Choral Society’s 150th anniversary concert (April 2017).
As a pianist, I have accompanied voices and soloists of every instrument at every level, mainly for solo recitals, grade and diploma exams, GCSE and A-level performances and music festivals. I have played various concertos with local orchestras and know a large repertoire of music for two pianos.
I am active with the 8 day annual Bedfordshire Festival of music, Speech and Drama as music adviser and chief accompanist, as well as being organist of All Saints’ Church in Kempston.