Inspirational Midhurst teacher hangs up instruments

Music teacher Chris Waters
Music teacher Chris Waters

AWARD-winning music teacher Chris Waters has retired, having changed the shape of brass and woodwind lessons for young people.

Mr Waters has been described as the teacher who reinvented brass and woodwind peripatetic music teaching and he won the Classic fM UK Peripatetic Music Teacher of the Year award in 2008.

He has given thousands of young musicians, from the age of six, inspirational tuition in his colourful mobile classroom, including 21 years at Midhurst Primary School, finishing yesterday.

Chris said: “I won the Classic FM UK Peripatetic Music Teacher of the Year award at the Royal Albert Hall, London, in November, 2008, out of over 3,000 nominations.

“I have been teaching brass and woodwind at Lancing College Prep School, formerly Broadwater Manor School, in Broadwater Road, Worthing, consecutively for 21 years but having reached 65, it’s time to retire and hang-up his instruments.”

Rhian Parry, music co-ordinator at Midhurst Primary School, in Heathfield Gardens, said: “Chris, along with BAARie the sheep, has taught brass and woodwind lessons to hundreds of Midhurst Primary pupils over the 21 years that he has been at the school.

“He has inspired a love for music in them all, making it a marvellous and creative fun experience in his brightly-coloured studio lorry.

“He has raised hundreds of pounds for charity with his sponsored ‘Honks’ and as leader of the band Midhurst Musical Mayhem has enabled the children, their parents and grandparents to perform in countless local concerts and fêtes, even busking in Chichester and at Eastleigh Steam Railway.”

He said Chris had earned a happy retirement.

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