Oboist, Cor Anglais & Oboe d'Amore Player

Stella Dickinson ARAM LRAM MSc FRSA




photos by Martin Doherty


Stella Jean Dickinson ARAM LRAM MSc FRSA. Oboist.
Consultations, Workshops, Concerts and Lessons.


Stella trained at the Royal Academy of Music with Professors Janet Craxton and Michael Dobson; with Michael Winfield (Royal College of Music); then as a post-graduate at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and at King’s College London.

At the Royal Academy she was a winner of the Harold Craxton Chamber Music Prize and many other awards. Her experience encompasses the full range of styles from Baroque to Jazz.

As a renowned teacher she has mentored many oboists towards success. Former pupils include Helen Powell. ( English National Opera) and several music scholars.
Stella is a teacher with a formidable reputation for supporting her students to success.

Having sustained a distinguished musical career over many years, she has developed a unique, systematic approach to the art and science of Oboe Playing.
Lessons can be informative ,inspiring, encouraging and fun.

With many years of teaching experience, including as a visiting coach at the Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Stella has a unique ability to empower players of all stages and ages to develop their potential to the full.

Her approach is pragmatic, supportive, developmental, holistic, creative, imaginative and philosophical. Lessons are tailored to individual needs and can resolve playing problems ,posture and performance anxieties, most importantly keeping the focus on the individual’s needs and the meaning and interpretation of the music.

Having played for some great Conductors, (starting with Sir Simon Rattle who is a peer from Royal Academy days) Stella has the performing experience to teach the full range of orchestral repertoire from classical and romantic to contemporary and avant garde.

A leading session musician throughout the 1980‘s -1990‘s Stella has extended her skills as an academic, writer and researcher.

Her recording portfolio includes the highly acclaimed CD ‘Love’s Lore’ and many orchestral CDs; the oboe identity jingles for Classic FM, incidental music for film and TV and for many television commercials.

Stella continues to play Solo and Chamber music engagements for a fee as well as for selected Charitable Trusts.She is a founder member of the New Queens Hall Orchestra. (Since inception in 1992) http://www.nqho.com/NQHO/Home.html

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Lessons and Consultations.

Your oboe playing can be enjoyable and rewarding for you as well as for those who listen to you.

I have taught pupils as young as eight years; music scholars; extra tuition for those preparing for music college; under graduate and post graduate students; and mature students who want to refresh their playing techniques.

I provide:
Advanced and specialist advice to prepare for performances, auditions, examinations and competitions.

You will learn effective practice techniques to get quicker results and make an impact.

Your lesson will be tailored to your needs so that it is a rich and inspiring experience.

I guide my pupils to gradually learn how to become independent reed makers as well as well rounded musicians, with an understanding of the history and development of the Oboe.

From absolute beginners to advanced students, as well as for top music professionals, I provide qualified counselling advice about your career, so that together we make lesson plans which will help you to develop from strong and solid foundations towards virtuoso skills.

Qualified therapeutic knowledge and techniques to overcome playing anxieties.

I welcome parents of young children to their child’s lesson, in this way to understand more about the process and advantages of learning the Oboe.

With prior notice, I can provide customised, hand made reeds exclusively for my pupils, using vintage Alliaud cane. These are not retailed through music shops. I provide small amounts of tube cane to professionals.

Contact me by email with your questions or by phone for a consultation on 07966 528298.

Fees: I have a sliding scale of fees depending on circumstances. Please phone for details

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Stella has been inspirational to our son, not just musically, but in many aspects of life'.

'I have known Stella Dickinson both professionally and personally for many years. she is a highly accomplished musician with a particular talent for teaching. By maintaining a good balance of criticism and encouragement with her students, Stella has enabled many of them to achieve significant success. This, combined with her clear understanding of reed making and all technical aspects of playing the oboe, make her an ideal teacher for players of all standards and ages.'

Christine Pendrill. Principal Cor Anglais Player. The London Symphony Orchestra.

'Stella has an impressive teaching portfolio, and I have no hesitation in employing her as a teacher in both workshops and one to one formula. For many years she taught Oboe in the centre of Music and Performing Arts at the Colchester Institute, where her committed and conscientious approach was a boon to our department and students. '

Charles Hine ARAM DipRAM, LRAM
Curriculum Manager, Music Colchester Institute

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Positions held:

Principal Oboist, Lontano Contemporary Music Ensemble
Principal Oboist, Rambert Dance Company
Founder member of the New Queen’s Hall Orchestra

Solo artist with Trio Stellar for BBC Radio 2 ‘Interval Interlude’ series. Stella was the first classically trained oboist to play at the Cork Jazz Festival and the Haugesund Jazz Festival, Norway (in collaboration with composer/arranger Paul Hart)

Numerous BBC Televised Prom concerts, recordings and concerts playing with the BBC Symphony and BBC Concert Orchestras and the New Queens Hall Orchestra
Numerous chamber music recitals on London’s South Bank and at the Wigmore Hall
Diverse skills and range,

Stella holds the position of Head of Arts Therapies at one of the UK’s leading specialist hospital where she has developed and researched music-based psychotherapeutic treatment

Mia Joseph
Dress Designer Elizium
UNIT 530
Stables market
Chalk Farm Road
London NW18AH

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UK National Daily: The Independent:
Love’s Lore Stella Dickinson, Capital Virtuosi. Sixteen British folksongs are given virtuoso treatment by the string septet Capital Virtuosi, rounded off to mesmerising effect by Stella Dickinson’s plaintive oboe and cor anglais. Paul Hart’s arrangements are economical and fastidious, and there’s a wonderful glowing nostalgia throughout.  Early one Morning, Scarborough Fair, Blow the Wind Southerly and others are translucently captured and immaculately played.  (****  rating)

Double Reed News:
This is a successful ‘crossover’ between folk music and the art music which is more usually associated with the oboe … although these tracks are lightly scored, Stella Dickinson’s rich, dark tone fills them admirably. This is a very pleasant disc, recommended for relaxed atmospheric listening.

Hi-Fi News:
This is music-making for all occasions, centred around Stella’s wonderful range of timbres and instrumental technique. …a peach of a disc, and John Boyden’s marvellous recording makes it an immediate candidate for airplay on Classic FM  and BBC Radio 3. Bill Newman ‘The Double Reed’ Vol. 30 No 4.  Spring 2008 The International Double Reed Society www.idrs.com Review By Robert J. Krause from Love’s Lore 16 Folk Melodies for Oboe and Strings. Stella Dickinson and Capital Virtuosi.

Loves’ Lore gives the listener over an hour of beautifully arranged and beautifully performed contemporary settings of 16 Folksongs (from the British Isles). Paul Hart’s arrangements are imaginative, well crafted and so very charming. They are lightly scored but that makes the lovely playing of Stella Dickinson so much more prominent. She has a wonderfully versatile style that is a sensitive, warm, plaintive and yet very forward. The range of timbres that she is capable of presenting is almost mesmerising at times. This CD is just wonderful for everyone. It will be a very nice addition to the oboists library, but I really believe that anyone would be attracted to the disc. Listening to it is such a pleasant experience. Nice music and playing. I highly recommend it.
Love’s Lore can be purchased from Stella. Please complete and email the order form, or
Go to http://www.oboeclassics.com

International Double Reed Society ( IDRS) Conference http://www.idrs2009.org/general-information Venue: Birmingham Conservatoire United Kingdom.
Workshops include:Help for Worried, Wobbly and Wild Oboists. An opportunity to sort out playing problems that  you don’t understand, which are holding you back or letting you down.
This workshop is a mixed abilities ‘clinic’ for players of any standard from intermediate to post-graduate. There will be limited places for each session and we may also work as a group in sharing ideas. Workshops are of ninety minutes duration and will be supportive, enjoyable, developmental and non-judgemental.

Love’s Lore can be purchased from Stella. Please complete and then email the order form, or Go to http://www.oboeclassics.com

photos by Martin Docherty

Stella recommends oboes by Roland and Christophe Dupin. http://www.dupin-oboe.com/company.php and Howarth of London link to website http://www.howarth.uk.com/

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