Geoffrey Molyneux

B. Mus.Hons., G.G.S.M. Lond., P.G.C.E., Mem. I.S.M.

Geoffrey Molyneux

Geoffrey Molyneux is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he studied piano with the fomer Head of the Department of Keyboard Studies, Professor Laureate James Gibb. He is an honours music graduate of the University of London, where he also obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

Subsequently, Mr Molyneux became a student of the legendary Russian conductor, Igor Markevitch, and Herbert Blomstedt, (who is still performing internationally today at the age of 93). Mr Molyneux was a first prize winner in the International Orchestral Conducting Competition held in Santiago de Compostela. He has directed numerous orchestras, instrumental ensembles, choirs, operatic and other vocal groups including La Orquesta Sinfónica de la R.T.V. Española and L'Orchestre National de l'Opera de Monte-Carlo.

Mr Molyneux was Director of Music in several schools, including Erith School, one of the largest secondary schools in the country. He founded the Erith School Festival Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble of professional musicians, music teachers and students which performed major symphonic works and provided opportunities for students from the school to perform concertos. The Erith School Early Music Consort specialising in Renaissance and Baroque music, performed at the Royal Festival Hall, the Barbican Centre, Finchcocks and on Radio Kent. He was also responsible for A-level music tuition in the London Borough of Bexley. Very high grades were achieved by students from many schools including Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School, Erith School and Blackfen School. Many students went on to university or music college to study music, and have since made successful careers as performers or teachers.

Mr Molyneux then became a freelance musician and teacher, teaching piano playing from his studio and at Dulwich College, and A Level and GCSE Music at Townley Grammar School for Girls in Bexleyheath.

Mr Molyneux has been Piano Secretary of the Blackheath Music Festival for some years and is closely involved with the running of the Festival. He also writes reviews for MusicWeb International about the latest recordings of orchestral, vocal, ensemble and keyboard music as well as opera.