Miele Canto

Our Teachers

Honey Rouhani - Soprano

Singing, Piano and Theory

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British-Iranian Soprano, holds a PGDip in Opera from Trinity College of Music as well as a BMus with Honours from City University and GSMD.

 

Honey enjoys a busy life as a freelance opera singer with different opera companies in London. Since 2009 she's been teaching singing, piano and music theory privately and at the Miele Canto studio in North london, as well as directing school choirs around London.

 

Honey specialises in vocal technique and voice coaching for ABRSM and Trinity grading exams. She is a strong believer in learning music theory as you cannot learn a language without learning its grammer! 

For Honey's full biography please visit our 'Meet our Team' page. 

Cassandra Mathews 

Guitar

Cassandra Mathews studied classical guitar at the Royal College of Music with Gary Ryan where she obtained a 1st Class Honours Bachelor of Music. 

She also received coaching from Chris Stell and extra lessons with Craig Ogden and Jakob Lindberg on the lute.

She began her studies with John Draper from the age of twelve.  During her time at the RCM, she took part in masterclasses with John Williams, Carlos Bonell, Jason Vieaux, and Julian Byzantine as well as performing at Queen Elisabeth Hall and the Purcell Room as part of “The Rest Is Noise” Festival 2013. 

 

She has also given chamber music performances at the Wigmore Hall, V&A Museum the London Film Museum.  An event in April 2016 took Cassandra to the Instituto Cervantes, where she performed a selection of pieces by celebrated guitar composer Joaquin Rodrigo to his daughter Cecilia Rodrigo. 

She has also commissioned and premiered a number of works for guitar, violin and shakuhachi as a member of Illuminate Women’s Music in their 2018/2019 season.  Cassandra is particularly interested in collaborations with other artistic disciplines and took part in unveiling “Desvalidas” as part of the RCM Great Exhibitionists 2014 working with award-winning poet Isabel White and visual artist Dylan J Fox. 

She was the winner of the Lennox Berkeley Guitar Prize 2012 and was the given a Highly Commended Award for the annual Royal College of Music Guitar Competition 2014 and 2012.  

Cassandra represented the RCM at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart in an Erasmus exchange programme in 2012. 

 

She has also played in ensembles as part of the London Guitar Festival 2011 at King's Place and as part of the RCM Symphony Orchestra under Bernard Haitink.  Most recently, Cassandra has been performing worldwide on luxury cruise liners, at 5 star resorts and at recitals throughout the UK.

Christe Cook - Mezzo Soprano

Singing and Theory  

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New Zealand born Mezzo Soprano, Christie Cook, holds an MA in opera from the Wales International Academy of Voice, as well as an Honours degree in voice and piano from the University of Otago.

 

Christie enjoys a varied freelance opera career in the UK and abroad, singing regularly with national companies Grange Park Opera, The Monteverdi Choir, Longborough Festival Opera, as well as opera houses in Europe and the Pacific.

 

Christie is a saught after voice and theory teacher, working in private schools across London, as well as running a home studio.

 

 

 

Ed Bonner - Tenor

Singing, Piano and Theory  

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Ed is a professional opera singer and pianist and read Music at Cambridge University and voice and piano at TrinityLaban.

 

He trained as a classroom Music teacher and has taught singing, piano and music in schools for a number of years, including a stint as Junior School Music coordinator at Queen's Gate School.

 

Ed is committed to extending his range as a teacher and attends developmental events regularly, keen to continue learning as well as to share his expertise.