Pringle studied with Simon Clugston, and then the great
’cello pedagogue, Christopher Bunting, with whom
he studied for eight years, relishing his analytical approach
and ideas regarding physical aspects of playing. It was
through Christopher’s inspired teaching and great
enthusiasm that Gordon developed his own love of the instrument
and its repertoire and eventually of teaching it in all
its varied aspects. Later, he came under the influence
of William Pleeth for six years, and experienced William’s
unique musical and intuitive approach to teaching and
performing. He also studied for many years a form of Alexander
technique with the great teacher, Jean Gibson and quickly
learned the importance of body use and freedom of movement
in playing and performance and has always incorporated
this aspect of instrumental playing into his own teaching.
started his career playing in many orchestras and chamber
ensembles and in a string quartet in London. However,
he soon realized that teaching was his true vocation,
and concentrated all his efforts on a teaching rather
than performing career after 1972.
1973, he was appointed to the post of ’cello teacher
at St Christopher’s School, Hampstead, where he
also conducted the school orchestra and introduced, organized
and coached string quartets. Whilst at St Christopher’s
he commissioned and directed the performance of a work
by John Hawkins ‘Snail’s Trails and Dragon’s
Tales’ for choir and orchestra. Gordon stayed 6
years at St Christopher’s (1973-1979) and then settled
into his private practice which had grown to 40 students.
quickly became well known as a gifted teacher in North
London and found famous people from the music
entrusting their children to him, for example Sir George
Solti, William Waterhouse, Stanley Sadie, Nicolas Kenyon
and many more.
1990, Gordon was invited to join the staff of Junior Trinity
College of Music, as string quartet coach as well as ’cello
teacher. He became the Coordinator of the String Department
in 1997 and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of Trinity
College of Music (Hon FTCL) for his outstanding work there,
very high proportion of Gordon’s pupils have gained
distinctions in their grade examinations, won music
some of the finest schools, been chosen to play
in the NYO and have gone on to study at major music conservatoires.
Several have won music scholarships at Cambridge University
even though they chose to study subjects other than music.
1992 to 1995, Gordon helped to set up and organize and
taught on an annual chamber music course held at the North
London Collegiate School in Edgeware, North London and
in 1997 was invited to teach for 2 weeks in Japan, where
he coached young players and helped some with there preparation
for Music Academy entry.
teaches at every level and every age from young to adult
beginners, from Grade I to VIII and prepares students
for Music College Entrance and Orchestral Auditions. Gordon
also works with post-graduate students and beyond, in
particular with rectifying technical and physical problems;
and with amateurs to help them improve their technique
and get more enjoyment from their playing. He is also
a very experienced chamber music coach.