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Dr Spencer Pitfield became Head of Instrumental Studies at Birkdale School Sheffield in September 2007. Previously he worked for ten years at the world famous Purcell School of Music in Bushey, Hertfordshire. Leading the woodwind department at the Purcell School he was fortunate to teach some of the most talented young musicians from this country and also overseas.
A clarinettist by profession, Spencer has worked in symphony orchestras in South Africa, Spain and Finland. He was also a founding member of the internationally based Glinka Trio and has made both radio and CD recordings with this ensemble. Spencer holds a Ph.D. in British Clarinet and Piano music from Sheffield University.
Apart from his work at Birkdale School, Spencer was a founding Director of the Herts Motor Project. This project aims to assist young people at risk of offending by helping them to learn basic mechanical skills. He has served as a Governor of Watford Girls Grammar School, and has sat for many years as a Magistrate on the Sheffield bench.
He is a Trustee of Paces School which teaches children with cerebral palsy and is heavily involved in the Don Valley Community Railway project.
Spencer was a local borough Councillor from 2001 to 2007. In this time he was Deputy Council Leader and held a number of portfolios, including both Infrastructure and the Environment. Spencer stood for Parliament against Nick Clegg MP in Sheffield Hallam in 2005, and contested the new seat of Penistone & Stocksbridge in 2010.
Spencer is married to Gabrielle. They have three children, Francesca, Sebastian and Theodore.
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