Holly has a passion for teaching bassoon, flute, music theory and aural. She is the teacher of bassoon at Hampton School and Lady Eleanor Holles School, and Ealing Junior Music School. She has worked as a woodwind and chamber music coach for the English Schools Orchestra and for Tri-Borough Music Hub, as well as numerous other outreach settings. Holly is also a Live Music Now musician with her quintet Festivo Winds, frequently devising and delivering interactive and engaging concerts for young people with additional needs and those who are less able to access music in accessible settings. In addition to this she has worked as a class leader for MiniMozart, leading classes for young children and their carers involving musical instruments, storytelling and active participation. Holly teaches students privately of all ages and levels, both in their homes and at her own. She is registered with the DBS update service, and is happy to teach both in-person and online.
Holly Redshaw with bassoon headshot smiling

“Holly’s fun and tailored teaching style has helped revitalise my love of the bassoon. She is kind and caring, and leaves me with clear feedback on where to focus my practice while also making me feel enthused and inspired by the progress I’ve made. She puts me at ease totally and that makes it so easy to enjoy the learning process; squeaks or struggles become part of the pleasure of improving. I really look forward to our lessons each time.”

Ele Gower, bassoon student

What to expect

“Over the last 5 years I’ve worked in many music education settings; from private teaching, music outreach, coaching youth orchestras to teaching within school settings, and have taught all levels and abilities. I strongly believe in a student-led approach, tailoring my lessons to suit the individual and help them reach their desired goals, or just relax and have fun! Music is a wonderful way to be creative and also challenge yourself, and I take pride in incorporating this into my teaching.”

Get in touch

Holly Redshaw with bassoon headshot smiling
Holly Redshaw with bassoon smiling outside the Royal College of Music

Holly is an excellent teacher for our son Charles as he continued his journey of learning the bassoon. Holly helped Charles in his understanding of how to play more difficult pieces, the fun of the bassoon, and of course helping with those slightly quirky bits the bassoon sometimes throws at you. Charles says that Holly is particularly good at introducing, explaining and making new pieces easier to learn. With an earlier school-organised teacher not quite working out for us, Charles flourished with online lessons at home and now positively wants to try Grades again.

John (Parent, online lessons)