Arjun Jethwa is a musician, performer and educator currently freelancing around the country and engaging within numerous projects and institutions connected through music. With the flute as his principal instrument, he is a graduate of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where he studied with Jonathan Rimmer, Judith Hall, and Andrew Lane. During his studies, he was also able to participate in masterclasses by Sir James Galway, Karen Jones and Robert Winn.
Arjun has previously participated in concerts around the UK and has had further engagements in Europe. His performances take form in a variety of styles and genres. Notable classical-style performances have included playing with the MIAGI Youth Orchestra in their European Tour across Germany and Switzerland, playing in the principle orchestral seat for the final concert of the Adrian Boult Hall which was later broadcast across BBC Radio 3, and performing music from famous opera scores in an ensemble formed by the Welsh National Opera.
Memorable performances in other genres include playing in the Birchfield Jazz Festival with Milton Godfrey, performing a variety of pop arrangements for two flutes in the newly formed Ash Duo and touring around the UK with the Conservatoire Folk Ensemble. While being a member of this ensemble, Arjun had played on the stage of several well-known folk festivals including Fairport's Cropredy Convention, Towersey, Shambala, Greenman, New Forest Folk and Shrewsbury Folk.
Arjun is also an advocate of new, experimental works and has had the pleasure of contributing towards several world premiers. This includes touring with Infinite Opera as their resident flute player in the production Entanglement! An Entropic Tale, contributing towards a concert at the highest peak in England in a musical spin of the National Three Peaks Challenge and also becoming a member of Chris Cresswell’s 315 Ensemble. The 315 Ensemble later acquired a record deal through PARMA Recordings and published two new works that are now available on Spotify and iTunes.
Learning and Outreach
As well as performing, Arjun takes pride in his work as an educator and holds the belief that music should be available to everyone regardless of their age, nationality or background. This belief is also reflected in his work as a community musician. He has worked with three different Sistema England Programmes: InHarmony Telford & Stoke, The Nucleo Project, and Sistema in Norwich, in addition to his work with Fairbeats Music. These being organisations that are at the forefront of endorsing a music education as a medium for social development in England. Arjun can also be found working alongside the charities Air Arts, Ifa Yoruba Arts and Quench Arts who provide musical experiences to young people and vulnerable adults within the community, each experience being unique and affiliated with each organisation’s personal ethos.
Arjun also works with students privately in a one-to-one setting while also alongside Coventry Music in the form of one-on-one tuition or grouped instrumental tuition. He works with individuals of all ages that are just starting out on their instrument to students that are of an ABRSM Diploma standard. Some of his previous students have successfully obtained places for the competitive Undergraduate BMus courses at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and the University of Birmingham.
Additionally, as a founding member of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s LEAP Ensemble, Arjun often takes part in projects, workshops and interactive performances around different parts of the country. The ensemble is made up of current students, graduates and staff members who have not only achieved a high instrumental standard, but also an awareness of musical pedagogy. Notable performances have included: a flash mob within the city of Birmingham, a residency at a school in Somerset and a collaborative performance with the Echo Eternal programme celebrating the survivors of the holocaust.
Arjun is a recipient of bursaries and scholarships from the EMI Foundation, The LFMI, The Sir John Barbirolli Memorial Foundation, Help Musicians UK and the Royal Philharmonic Society of which he is thankful to each organisation for their support.