Double Bass Lessons | Bass Guitar Lessons, Cello Lessons | Aural Lessons, Ensemble Coaching, Theory Lessons, Online Lessons
- Qualifications: Bachelor of Music (Honours) with First Class
- Styles: Classical, Pop & Rock, Jazz
- Suitability: All ages from 6 up!
Lachlan Radford is a freelance double bassist and teacher of double bass, bass guitar and beginner cello in Auckland. He completed his Bachelor of Music with first class honours in performance at Auckland University. From 2010 until to 2018 he was based in London and taught as Professor of Double Bass at the Junior Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Lachlan’s enthusiasm for passing on his musical experience to a younger generation is helped by his diverse and genre-defying background. He is the Co-chairperson of Wellington Music Education Trust and co-founder of Piccolo Bass project.
Lachlan held the subprincipal double bass with Orchestra Wellington from 2021-22 before moving to work with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in 2023. Within his performance career he has worked with several world-class orchestras including the BBC Concert Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. As a member of the Berkeley Ensemble from 2013 – 2018 he also performs and records regularly in chamber ensemble and solo environments. Outside of the classical world Lachlan can be found working in other genres, most often with his trio More Like Trees who blend a fusion of flamenco and drum’n’bass on acoustic instruments. Their second album was released in 2020. He has also performed and recorded with award-winning artists such as Heritage Orchestra, DJ Yoda, Reeps One, Lazy Habits, and MC Tali.
Each lesson is suited to the needs of the student. Beginner students start with a strong focus on technique and posture to ensure that enjoyment and expression can take place in both practice and performance. In the early stages a variety of repertoire is covered including a lot of the Trinity syllabus’ (or Trinity Rock & Pop for bass guitar) but also includes anything from Johnny Cash through to the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Aural, theory, and musicianship are all built in to lessons as the student develops so that advanced techniques and repertoire can be incorporated in to lessons right through to diploma level performance. Examinations are encouraged however if a student is indifferent to this then performances are a great motivator. Each student should be proud of the hard work that has gone in to learning an instrument and share the musical expression they have, either with family or (if courageous enough!) public performance.