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Hilary Smethurst-Evans

Hilary is Music Centre Development Manager for Reading and West Berkshire


Hello, I’m Hilary and I am a saxophone specialist. I’m really proud to say that I started my learning journey with Berkshire Maestros (then Berkshire Young Musicians Trust), and my inspirational and motivational teachers were the reason I loved being part of the West Berkshire Music Centre on Saturday mornings. Much of my early music education was in the wind bands and orchestras of Berkshire, before I progressed to play in the National Youth Wind Orchestra and European Union Youth Wind Orchestra. Great days!



During my time at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama I took saxophone lessons with John Harle and Simon Haram and enjoyed playing in the saxophone choir, quartets and symphonic wind orchestra. After graduating I completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Music Performance and then studied for a Masters Degree (Management in Education) and Post Graduate Certificate of Teaching. I knew early in my training that I wanted to teach and pass on my love of music to others, and I am very pleased I did – I find each day rewarding when I hear pupils making progress and enjoying their music as much as I did.


I have taught for both Enfield Arts Support Services and Hertfordshire Music Service, where I was Head of Hertford Music Centre. I returned to Berkshire in 2010 and now work as the Music Centre Development Manager for West Berkshire. In addition to my role I enjoy conducting the Bracknell Music Centre Concert Band with whom I’ve toured Belgium, Austria and Paris, and I was incredibly proud when we had the opportunity to play for The Queen at The Lexicon in Bracknell.


As well as helping pupils I find working with fellow teachers and professionals hugely inspiring. As a result I have worked as a professional development mentor with the Liverpool Philharmonic, Tomorrow’s Warriors, ABRSM, Trinity College and Hal Leonard and, because that’s not quite enough, I’m also a visiting professor at the Royal College of Music for their professional portfolio course!


My early years as a pupil spent with Berkshire Maestros instilled in me a genuine love of learning that has stayed with me to this day, and I am currently studying for my Doctor of Education at the University of Reading. In my free time (there is some – honest!) I enjoy baking, visiting the West End and taking holidays.

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