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Ross Clarke

Music Teacher

I studied at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester (UK) and then continued on to gain a Bachelor of Music (honours) at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Following that I worked in London and Wales as a teacher and trumpet player, playing for various orchestras and ensembles and working in schools in London. I was also the Musical Director of the North Powys Youth Band at this time and additionally adjudicated in the Urdd Eisteddfod (Welsh arts festival).  I have an ABRSM Diploma in Trumpet performance and went on to gain a Postgraduate Certificate of Education at  the University of Nottingham, UK.


From 2012 I spent seven years in Nur-Sultan (previously Astana), Kazakhstan where I taught for five years at the British School  - Haileybury Astana - and also worked as co-principal trumpet at the Astana Opera House playing in the orchestra. I took up the post of Director of Music at Haileybury Astana and built the Music Department at the school - introducing a Junior and Senior Orchestra, a Kazakh Folk Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, and three new choirs. These ensembles embarked on many performances around the city and even went on tour to the UK. In 2013, I formed the Astana Music Society. This involved a community choir, folk ensembles, chamber and jazz ensembles playing at many venues across Kazakhstan for various concerts and events, including charity and diplomatic events. I am a great fan of Eastern Europe, but Poland was an undiscovered adventure for me. The Music Department seems very vibrant and I can’t wait to join the large family of Nord Anglia schools in such a vibrant city. 

Aside from my passion in Music and what it does socially and developmentally to all people (as well as children) I am a very keen traveller.

 Having set up music societies and always been members of choirs (a must for anyone from Wales) and such things I have learnt so much from meeting lots of different people. The most varied group of people I met was probably when I worked as a Special Constable in the Metropolitan Police force (I even policed the London Olympics and the Royal Wedding). In sport I’m mainly a rugby fan but also enjoy playing badminton, fencing and team sports. I love languages and speak Welsh, English, German, some French and Russian. My challenge is now to learn Polish, which I have already tried starting although it is so far pretty challenging.