Kentish Suzuki Course

We held our first Kentish Suzuki Course for violin on 21st May 2017 at the Harris Academy Orpington (formerly known as The Priory School). Our day included:


Group Lesson

Book 1-2 Games

Dalcrose Eurhythmics

Parent talk

Group concert

We had lots of fun for our first group course, we’d love to run another one next year. To register your interest, please fill out our form:

    Here are some photos of our day:

The teachers...

Karina MacAlpine BMus (Hons) TCM. ESA level 5

Karina studied violin at Trinity College of Music with Hu Kun and Eszter Boda Katona. In 2000 Karina became a Suzuki teacher and currently teaches along side Clare Raybould, Kimberley Wong and Charlotte Clemson in the Dulwich Suzuki Group. Karina’s private teaching is in Penge, S E London. International Suzuki courses include Melbourne Australia, Cork Ireland and The Haag Netherlands. Regular UK Suzuki courses include the BSI National Workshop, Viney Hill, Sfz and Bryanston. Karina also performs with the Blond String Quartet.

Helen Twomey BMus (Hons) TCM LTCL PGCE (QTS) DipABRSM. ESA level 4

Helen studied at Trinity College of Music with Gillian Findlay for the violin and Richard Crabtree for Viola. Helen also holds a PGCE in Music Education from UCL’s Institute of Education and is an ESA level 4 Suzuki teacher with the British Suzuki Institute. Helen teaches privately from her home and works alongside Sarah McKenzie-Jones and Eleanor Tagart as part of the Kentish Suzuki Group. Helen has performed in piano trio recitals with Eleanor Tagart in numerous venues including Southwark Cathedral, Bristol Cathedral and Chelmsford Cathedral. Helen freelances as a violinist around South East England with the Chameleon Arts Orchestra and DeHavilland Philharmonic.

Dalcrose Eurhythmics

Anita Strevens


Eleanor Tagart

Eleanor Tagart has been teaching piano for nearly twenty years in New Zealand and the UK.  She has studied teaching and performance both full time and on intensive short courses in New Zealand, the USA and the UK and is an ESA trained teacher (level 2).  After studying at universities in both Aukland and Wellington, New Zealand, Eleanor graduated with a BMus (performance) in 2002. Since then she has been active as a soloist, accompanist, repetiteur, and teacher. Eleanor has taught at the first-class Suzuki summer camp in Wellington, accompanied fo pro-corda cello workshops in the UK, taught for the Junior Guildhall string training programme and currently works in close association with BYMT, a premier music education trust in Bromley. Eleanor is co-founder of Crescendo! Music School, a programme for introducing young children to music and preparing them for instrumental lessons.

Eleanor currently plays with the Darwin Piano Trio, formed in 2012.  The trio performs around the UK.

© Kentish Suzuki Group 2017