Dawn Allenby (Woodwind)


I absolutely love playing woodwind instruments, especially instruments that have reeds! I was successfully persuaded to change from clarinet to learning the bassoon when I was in Y7 and I haven’t looked back! Growing up in Leicestershire, I was fortunate enough to play with the Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra and continued with a music degree and performance postgrad diploma (gaining a first) at Bangor University. A career in teaching and playing professionally followed (The Crucible, The Lyceum, Sheffield City Hall and Buxton Opera House to name a few venues) and I am proud to say that I have taught for the Hub for over 25 years (recorder, flute, clarinet, saxophone, and bassoon) teaching hundreds of Sheffield children over the years in every setting - from one to one, small group, and whole class lessons. I am also proud to say that I am the founder of the Double Reed groups at the hub

  • Favourite song/piece of music – anything by Zero 7 and classical, Debussy’s ‘The Girl with the Flaxen Hair’.
  • Favourite thing to do outside of work – with the Peak District on my doorstep, walking.
  • Favourite food - cheese, preferably a strong one.
  • Favourite place in Sheffield – my garden.
  • One thing about me that would surprise you to know – I can ride a motorbike.

Director of: Senior Double Reeds

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Dawn Allenby (Woodwind)