Rob CopeRob Cope – 

Rob took up music aged 5. He studied at Chetham’s School of Music with James Muirhead and Steve Berry and then at the Royal Northern College of Music with Rob Buckland and Andy Scott. In 2010, Rob graduated from the RNCM with a first class honours degree.

In 2010 Rob moved to London where he studied at the Royal Academy of Music, gaining a Masters in Jazz Performance and graduating with distinction in 2012.

Rob has recorded with a wide range of bands across London, most recently with Femi Temowo on his third album, The Music is the Feeling. Before this came a recording with Parlimentary Jazz Award winners, Engines Orchestra, on their debut album, Life Cycles. Other recordings include his own project, Southbound, along with appearances on Jack Davies’ Flea Circus album and The Jack Davies Big Band album. Rob has also recorded on Edition Records with the Reuben Fowler Big Band as well as appearing with the Chaos Orchestra on their debut album, Island Mentality.

As a woodwind and piano teacher, Rob has extensive experience working across London for many schools and music services. Currently, Rob is busy working for Donhead Preparatory School, Wimbledon College, Westbury House School, John Fisher School and South Lake Primary School. As a private teacher, Rob offers saxophone, clarinet and flute lessons to students of all ages and abilities, and also works as a piano tutor.

Rob believes strongly in making the lessons as enjoyable and individually tailored for students as possible, allowing them to fully engage in their musical education and allow their confidence to blossom. Rob is the director and full time teacher for Rob Cope Music.



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Elizabeth was a student at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester where she studied the violin and piano, gaining Grade 8 distinctions in both instruments whilst at school. Elizabeth secured a place to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London but instead opted to read Music at Cambridge University where she received her BA Hons and MA Hons, graduating in 1996. She won an Instrumental Award for 3 years whilst a student at Cambridge, a Scheme which enables gifted musicians to reach a high standard of performance in Solo and Chamber Music.

During her studies at Cambridge she specialised in music academia, including the pyschology, science and history of music as well as composition whilst keenly pursuing her performance studies studying the violin with Wen Zhou Li and string quartet master classes with the Endellion String Quartet.

She was a keen member of the National Youth Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Great Britain under the direction of Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and toured extensively around the world performing in major concert halls including the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and The Barbican Centre, London.

Whilst a busy mum of 2 young boys aged 5 and 7 who are also learning to play the piano, Elizabeth is enjoying establishing herself as a successful piano teacher. She particularly enjoys playing the piano in her spare time and enjoys playing a diverse reportoire from Bartok to Mendelssohn.

Elizabeth begins work in September 2016 at Shrewsbury Lodge School in Esher teaching piano to 3-13 year olds as well as working for Rob Cope Music.


All of our teachers are DBS checked, we are very happy to show you the documents, which are available upon request. I would always advise you ask someone who is going to work with your child to see their DBS certificate.

Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks are now called Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.

You may need to check someone’s criminal record if they apply:

  • for certain jobs or voluntary work, eg working with children or in healthcare
  • to foster or adopt a child

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