Leslie with two of his most successful and accomplished former students : Hannah Morgan and Jennie Porton are now well established as two of the finest professional clarinettists and saxophonists in the U.K.
Jennie and Hannah studied with Leslie from the age of nine and now play regularly with the major orchestras of the U.K. They both use Leslie’s mouthpieces and Silverstein ligatures.
Leslie currently teaches at the Royal Welsh College of Music and at the School of Music, University of Cardiff.
His former students include many major prize winners ; Matthew Reid the winner of a major international prize in South Africa, the “Sasol Prize” (worth approximately ten thousand pounds), also, winners of the “Normans Musical Instruments” Woodwind Prize at the R.W.C.M.D (two years in succession) and the winner of the Walker prize (Jennie Porton who also recorded the highest mark for any instrument for her masters degree whilst studying with Leslie).
Local competitions and Eisteddfods have seen Leslie’s pupils scoop numerous winning places notably the Rotary Club Prize: (his junior pupils won this twice) “Young Musician of the Year” for Wales, also the Caerphilly “Young Musician of the Year and the Vale of Glamorgan “Young Musician of the Year” in several different age categories. Lee Mottram a very talented young student also won the coveted Blue Riband at the National Eisteddfod and the sum of £3,000
His students have won places in The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, N.Y.O. of Wales, National Children’s Orchestra and numerous music scholarships to illustrious “public” schools such as Eton, Winchester and Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
(below: Leslie’s former student – winner of the Sasol prize worth £10,000:
Matthew Reid now a successful solo performer with his ensemble in Cape Town South Africa
Leslie has examined at all levels and gives consultation lessons to all standards including professionals from all over the world who seek his advice for audition preparation.
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(below) Leslie having a fun moment with some talented Colombian clarinettists during a master class at the University of Caldas – Manizales – Colombia.
Leslie found the young clarinettists in that country to be of a very high calibre thanks to the excellence of their teachers and had a uniquely wonderful time in their beautiful – much maligned country Leslie says – Colombians are possibly the friendliest people on the planet
(left) : Leslie with the class of Colombian clarinettists and their excellent teacher (far right of picture) Hernan Dario Gutierrez