Jamie Smith

Jamie Smith


Jamie Smith was born in Wales and whilst still at school he studied part-time at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.  He later read music at the University of Oxford, and went on to complete a Masters degree at the National Tchaikovsky Academy of Music in Kyiv, Ukraine, graduating with a Distinction in Piano Performance.

During his studies he was awarded numerous awards and scholarships to participate in master classes both in the UK and overseas, and also won prizes at International Piano Competitions.  

Jamie has worked as a lecturer and pianist internationally, performing as a soloist and chamber musician in many concert halls worldwide.  He has worked at the Ufa State Academy of Arts in Russia and also taught classes in piano performance at Zhanjiang Normal University in China.  He has lectured at the Sultan Idris Education University in Malaysia and held the post of ABRSM Malaysia National Coordinator from 2011-2013.

Jamie has worked as a visiting music teacher at King's College school, Cambridge, at Anglia Ruskin University and was Head of Keyboard at St Albans High School for Girls from 2013-2015.  He continues to work as a teacher, accompanist and examiner in Cambridge.  

He has been an examiner for ABRSM since 2011 and has conducted tours in the UK, China, Malaysia and Hong Kong.  He has also presented for ABRSM and has been a mentor on the Professional Development Panel.

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Qualification: Dip(Tchaikovsky Academy), MA(Oxon), LRSM, Cert(PTC)

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Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks (previously CRB checks)
The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) have merged to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). CRB checks are now called DBS checks.

A DBS check may be needed for: certain jobs or voluntary work - eg working with children or in healthcare applying to foster or adopt a child There are different rules for getting a criminal record check in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Who can ask for a DBS check An employer can ask for a DBS check for certain roles. DBS eligibility guidance lists most roles that are eligible for a check. However, the guidance isnít comprehensive so contact DBS if unsure. Applicants (job candidates) canít do a criminal records check on themselves, but they can request a ëbasic disclosureí.

How to get a DBS check
  • The employer gets an application form from DBS or an umbrella body (a registered body that gives access to DBS checks).
  • The employer gives the applicant the form to fill in and return to them along with documents proving their identity.
  • The employer sends the completed application form to DBS or their umbrella body.
  • DBS sends a certificate to the applicant. The employer will have to ask the applicant to see the certificate.
If the applicant has subscribed to the DBS update service, the employer can check their certificate online.Basic disclosure If applicants need to run a check on themselves, they can get a ëbasic disclosureí with details of any unspent convictions from Disclosure Scotland (they can do this anywhere in the UK).Types of criminal records check There are 3 types of check. The employer or organisation running the check should provide the applicant with more information about the level of check required. Criminal record check applicants must be 16 or over.


This will check for spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings, and will take about 2 weeks.


This includes the same as the standard check plus any additional information held by local police thatís reasonably considered relevant to the workforce being applied for (adult, child or ëotherí workforce). It takes about 4 weeks.

Applicants and employers can use the DBS update service to keep a certificate up to date or carry out checks on a potential employeeís certificate.