Janet studied bassoon at Trinity College of Music London with Vernon Elliott & Edgar Williams. She then worked as a freelance player and teacher in London & Hertfordshire, playing in the Hertfordshire Teachers Orchestra and a wind trio with John Myatt & Tony Aspden. Janet started coaching wind chamber music courses at the Benslow Music Trust in the '80s and developed the Wind Chamber Music Weekends (WCMW) courses alongside these. Over the years the WCMW courses have increased in number and size so that 3 - 4 tutors are often needed to cope with the demand. The Myatts moved to Suffolk in 1990 where Janet continues to teach privately.
The WCMW courses are intended for adult players of grade 6/7 and above (based loosely on ABRSM levels). They are based on wind quintets, quartets and trios with some larger ensembles, and are suitable for both individual players seeking opportunities for playing with others of a similar standard, and also for pre-formed groups looking for coaching.
Courses start with all participants playing together in one or two large ensembles. The next day players are divided into chamber groups and given music and a rehearsal room. Tutors rotate around the groups spending 15-30 minutes with each group depending on numbers. The main aim of the course is to experience playing chamber music and to gain a better understanding of sight reading and effective chamber playing and rehearsal. On the longer summer course there is a pianist and the chance to perform solo work as well as specialist instrumental workshops.
Take a look at the example schedule for an idea of the format of a weekend course.
Visiting tutors have included Jo Lively, Simon Stewart, Chris Hooker, Judith Hill, Paul Chapman and others.