Welcome to the Ian Woolway Website
My musical career began around the age of 17 when I was enlisted to play the guitar in a local band playing cover songs in pubs, at weddings and various other functions. I then studied the classical guitar at the London College of Music and gained the ALCM performance diploma and the LLCM Teacher’s Diploma.
Towards the end of my studies I was booked to play the guitar in a local production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. This led to me being hired for national tours of Godspell and The Rocky Horror Show.
Following this I played in many provincial productions including Jesus Christ Superstar, The Wizard of Oz and Blood Brothers.
In subsequent years I played with musicians encompassing a wide range of styles including blues, rock, jazz, country and classical music.
In recent years I have established a thriving guitar teaching practice both privately and in the education system. During this time I have worked extensively as a peripatetic guitar teacher for Essex Music Services. In the course of this appointment I have worked in many of the county’s schools including Baddow High School, The Boswells School, The Sandon School and Hylands School.
I am currently principal guitar teacher at King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford County High School for Girls, Chelmer Valley High School and Moulsham Junior School.
I am a member of the Registry of Guitar Tutors [RGT] and the Incorporated Society of Musicians [ISM] and I regularly attend their events as well as those of the International Guitar Foundation [IGF] as a means of continuing professional development.