Miss Jean Hall
Jean was born in Jersey and educated at St. Helier Girls’ School and Jersey College for Girls. Raised in a musical family she learnt music from a very early age from her father and later with the late John Lobb MBE her music teacher, who encouraged her to take up the oboe.
At the time Jersey could not boast of having one single oboe player so, Jean was mostly self- taught until the first peripatetic woodwind teacher was appointed to the Island in 1971. After spending four years at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland ( 1975-1979), Jean gained diplomas in both teaching and performance. Then after a year of teaching and playing in London, she went on to Rolle College, Exmouth to complete her PGCE year in peripatetic woodwind teaching. Not wanting to go straight away into full time teaching Jean travelled to Germany to audition for the masterclass diploma at the Staatliche Hochschule Wurzburg, studying oboe and orchestral playing with Professor Kurt Hausmann. During her three years of study Jean had the opportunity to play in many different orchestras and chamber groups in Wiesbaden, Nuremburg, Frankfurt, and Hof where eventually in 1987 she was auditioned and accepted as sub-principal oboe in the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra. While in Cape Town Jean studied jazz in her spare time under Merton Barrow and took up the saxophone and continued to teach the oboe at Western Province Boys School. In 1988 the Cape Town Orchestra went on a major tour to the Far East playing in Hong Kong and Taipei. in 1989, Jean returned home to Jersey to complete her probationary year with the Jersey Instrumental Service and has since spent many years teaching and performing in Jersey, Dartington College of Arts and Rolle College in Devon. In 1995, she travelled abroad once again to India and took up a one-year voluntary post teaching Instrumental music at Woodstock International School in Mussoorie, Uttar Pradesh.
Jean continues to teach in Jersey and works for the Jersey Music Service in both primary and secondary schools.