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About Sheila Joynes

Sheila Joynes has been teaching Cello, Double Bass, Piano, Theory of Music and some singing for around 40 years.  Naturally, she has many musical credentials and full teaching qualifications as well.

Musical Qualifications:

  • LTCL - Licentiate of Trinity College London (Teacher's Diploma - Piano)

  • ALCM - Associate of the London College of Music (Performer's Diploma - Piano)

  • ALCM - Associate of the London College of Music (Performer's Diploma - Cello)

  • AMusLCM - Associate in Music of the London College of music (Diploma - Theory of Music)

Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music examination passes:

  • Grade 8 Piano - with Distinction (ABRSM)

  • Grade 8 Cello - with Distinction (ABRSM)

  • Grade 8 Organ - with Distinction (ABRSM)

  • Grade 8 Double Bass - with Distinction (ABRSM)

  • Grade 8 Theory of Music - with Distinction (ABRSM)

  • Grade 8 Practical Musicianship - with Distinction (ABRSM)

  • Grade 8 Singing - with Merit (ABRSM)

  • Grade 8 Percussion - with Distinction (ABRSM)

  • Grade 6 Violin - with Merit (ABRSM)

  • Grade 4 Flute - with Distinction (ABRSM)

8 Grade 8s

Sheila's Grade 8 in Percussion was gained in November 2016.  This was Sheila's 8th ABRSM Grade 8.

Stephen, Sheila's partner, wrote to the ABRSM to ask if was unusual for anyone to have 8 Grade 8s. The ABRSM replied that as far as they knew, in the 130-or-so year history of the ABRSM, 8 Grade 8s is a unique achievement.

Sheila was invited by John Holmes, Chief Examiner and Michael Elliott, Chief Executive of the ABRSM to visit their new offices in London.  Here, Sheila was presented with a commemorative certificate celebrating her achievement.

Sheila wrote about her 8 Grade 8s for the ABRSM website; read her article here.


Here's a short video of that day.


Teaching Qualification:

Post Graduate Teaching Qualification - Jordan Hill College of Education, Glasgow


A Practising Musician

As a practising musician, Sheila was Principal Cellist with the Chandos Symphony Orchestra, for 25 years. She also plays organ for services in many churches in the county.  You can listen to some examples of Sheila's musical skills here.

Sheila has also played harp and guitar for her own pleasure.  She does not teach these instruments, but has performed on harp such works as Rutter Requiem, Fauré Requiem, Shostakovich Symphony number 5 and the Bizet Suite from Carmen at such venues as Pershore Abbey, Huntingdon Hall, Malvern Priory and the Forum Theatre in Malvern.


Other Roles

Sheila was Assistant Organist at Pershore Abbey for 9 years from 1994 until accepting the post of Director of Music at the Abbey.  She subsequently resigned this very time-consuming post in order to concentrate on her teaching and performances.


Spare Time Pursuits

Sheila's spare time is usually spent with family and friends or with a camera in her hand; examples of Sheila's photography can be seen here.


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 WebsiteSheila is also a member of Mensa.