"Despite already being in my mid-50s at the time, I'd never sung in a choir, so I was apprehensive about auditioning for my local one, which happened to be the highly acclaimed Crouch End Festival Chorus. (It was Bev who suggested I should go for it.) Bev's lessons helped me to understand the fundamentals of singing, and gave me the confidence to take the audition without falling apart. I'm please to say I was accepted, and have been singing in their Tenor section since 2011. Bev's help made this possible. Having the opportunity to take part in performing the choir's rich and varied repertoire, often at London's most prestigious venues, is a huge part of my life now. (More importantly, through the choir, I met a most lovely Alto who is now my wife! But I did that part without Bev's help.)"
Student: Helen Hayes Age 19
"Bev first started teaching me when I was 8 and has remained my teacher for most of my time playing the violin. As she has taught me from a young age I can vouch for the fact that Bev works incredibly well with children of all ages and I have many fond memories of my lessons with her.
She not only inspired me to keep practicing and working hard but Bev is also the kind of teacher who enabled me to enjoy music and encouraged me to be creative.
Being a talented musician herself Beverley is able to demonstrate technique as well as oversee and guide. I am certain that without her dedication and hard work with me I would never have been able to excel and achieve a distinction at grade 8.
I have been incredibly lucky to have been taught by Bev, as she is not only an excellent teacher but with her kind personality and sense of humour, bonds well with all her students and creates a fun and enjoyable atmosphere for learning which has certainly allowed me to flourish as a player."
Parent: Bernie Sandford
"My son Connor started violin lessons at primary school with Bev.
He was probably about five or six years old. Bev always made the lessons interesting and fun. She was a fantastic music teacher, Connor learn't so much and always looked forward to it. She encouraged him to express his creative side through music and she was always full of praise.
She then went on to take Connor for private lessons after school and prepared him for his music exams which he passed first time every time thanks to his brilliant teacher. He joined a local orchestra and he really enjoyed the sessions and made lots of friends so it was great for his social skills. He was able to use the exams he got in violin to gain access to a grammar secondary school where he continued to play the violin.
Bev was always patient and understanding and supportive. Praise was plentiful and if my son had a problem grasping something she always worked out a fun way for him to understand. He had a number of teachers after her but there was only one teacher for him.
I've been lucky enough to have met some truly wonderful people through the music educating I have done...