Music Lessons

Come and learn to play a woodwind or brass instrument with us. We offer music lessons at 2 Garryowen. To enquire or ask questions, please get in touch with us at stjohnsbandlimerick@gmail.com.

Meet out teachers

Ken Hinchy – Woodwind

From a family of musicians in our very own Garryowen community, local musician Ken Hinchy grew up with music all around him, picking it up himself at the age of 7.

Ken started out in St. John’s Brass and Reed Band as a young boy on the triangle. Under the tutelage of his father, clarinet and saxophone player Mick Hinchy, Ken started to learn the clarinet and saxophone. Mick Hinchy taught many band players through the years, and is a former St. John’s Band conductor.

Over the years, Ken took lessons with jazz educator Jean Toussaint at the Guildhall School of Music in London, and also learned with internationally acclaimed Irish jazz musicians Len McCarthy and Richie Buckley.

Throughout his school and college years, Ken played for cover bands. He has played for many different groups such as The Savoy Jazz Orchestra, Million Dollar Swing Band, Riverside Big Band, The Bootleggin’ Band, among others. Currently, Ken plays with Trees Fall Down, The Sidewinders, Sonic Big Band, The Guests and Limerick Jazz Workshop Big Band.

Keeping his strong personal tradition of music going, Ken is now inspiring other young and adult players in woodwind and musical education.

Jonathan Luxton – Brass

International musician Jonathan Luxton was Principal French horn in the Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra in Lisbon, Portugal, for 30 years.

He started playing the horn at the age of 12 in rural England. His mother was his driving force as she would encourage him to listen to classical music from a very young age and to become a member of every local orchestra.

Jonathan studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London with James Brown, and played Principal French horn with the European Youth Orchestra and the Snape Maltings Chamber Orchestra.

A great part of Jonathan’s passion has always been to inspire and mentor other musicians at all levels. Whilst at the Academy, he taught Brass for Brighton College and Cheam School, and after leaving the Academy, he taught at the Kent Music School.

Jonathan introduced the British method of French horn playing to Portugal where he became the first French horn professor at the Lisbon University of Music (ESML), Évora University and Évora Academy. He developed the degree programs for French horn Bachelor and Masters levels, and sat in on the examinations for brass at the universities.

Jonathan has become Musical Director for various projects and continues to teach. Now based in Ireland, Jonathan plays as a freelancer in orchestras, teaches French horn, trumpet and trombone at The Munster Music Academy in Killaloe, is our conductor at St. John’s Brass and Reed Band, and continues to work towards making music accessible to everyone. You can read more about Jonathan and his work at www.jonathanluxtonmusic.com.