About the Kodály Centre
The Kodály Centre of London was set up in 1992 and is run by David and Yuko Vinden who both trained at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary. The centre provides weekly classes in Kodály musicianship at three levels. As well as providing classes David and Yuko can give workshops to order for Music Services, individual schools, colleges and Universities.

Classes are held in in Northwood Hills, North West London, (just a few mins walk from Northwood Hills Underground station on the Metropolitan line). Please contact us to find out what is available.


The KCL can also provide workshops to order for many different situations. Setting up good pedagogical practice is central to the Kodály concept of music education and through our workshops we are able to bring the Kodály method to many kinds of groups. We are able to provide half and whole day practical workshops that consist of Kodály Musicianship classes for students, training workshops in the Kodály method for teachers and other musicians or perhaps a mixture of both. Practical workshops have successfully been given to groups ranging from kindergarten children through to postgraduate level students and choirs. Training workshops have been presented to many different organisations including instrumental teacher training days and class teacher inset days. Workshops include sessions with NYCOS (National Youth Choir of Scotland), TOSINI (Teachers of Singing in Northern Ireland), the children’s Choir of St. Cugat near Barcelona, The British Kodály Academy Summer schools and Easter Courses, summer courses at Westminster Choir College in Princeton NJ, Portland State University in Portland Oregon as well as Colourstrings with Géza and Csaba Szilvay in London. Individual sessions, tailored specifically to your needs, are also available. To enquire about setting up a workshop for your organisation please contact us.

David Vinden
  • David’s musical life started as a choirboy at Truro Cathedral in Cornwall. After leaving school he studied at the Royal Academy of Music (1967-1971) and Royal Holloway College (1971-1974) At the Academy he studied orchestral conducting with Maurice Miles. His studies at RHC were funded by a choral scholarship from St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. Here he was also a founder member of the Collegium Musicum of Windsor. His first job was as Director of Music at Tiffin Girl’s School in Kingston Upon Thames. Concerned at the basic lack of musicianship skills in young children David explored ways of improving this and went to Hungary (1981-1983) to absorb the Kodály approach to music education. He gained the advanced certificate from the Kodály institute and returned to the UK to take up a position at the Purcell School, becoming its director of music until 1995. David and Yuko set up the Kodály Centre of London in 1992.

David and Yuko became part-time lecturers at Trinity College of Music, London, where they taught Kodály Musicianship as well as Choral conducting. David also lectured at Birmingham Conservatoire. In 2002 he joined the staff at the Guildhall School of Music teaching Kodály Musicianship and Choral conducting. He also trained the large massed Guildhall School choir for the annual Barbican concerts and retired in 2019.

David’s work as a Kodály teacher takes him all over the world, including the USA, Russia, Australia, Japan and Europe. He has collaborated with many fine educators such as Cyrilla Rowsell, Dr Susan Brumfield (Texas Tech University) and Dr Mónika Benedek (Tromsö University in Norway). He is a member of the Phoenix Collective which promotes excellence in Kodály Music education. He has co-authored ‘Jolly Music’ with Cyrilla Rowsell which provides primary school teachers with a well-planned music curriculum. He has returned to Hungary many times lecturing at the Liszt Academy and the Kodály Institute, as well as Szeged, and Debrecen universities. He has also collaborated with Mónika Benedek on a joint book entitled ‘Harmony through Relative Solfa’.

David has also had a very long and productive association with the Colourstrings movement created by Géza and Csaba Szilvay teaching on the Saturday morning musicianship classes as well as the various summer and teacher training courses. This movement teaches string instruments to children who have had a grounding first in Kodály musicianship. The song material the children have learned then goes on to provide the foundations for their instrumental work so the music and the experiences of it are in their heads already. Instruments are an extension of our ability to sing.

He has been elected several times as a director of the International Kodály Society and also worked as music director of the British Kodály Academy.

David is also active as an author and music editor. He has produced over 30 books and teaching aids for use in Kodály work. He has edited much early music including Musica Transalpina 1 of 1588 and the complete canons of Cherubini and collections of canons by composers including Caldara, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Dussek, Kuhlau, Salieri, Naumann and Padre Martini.


1959 Choral scholarship from Truro Cathedral

1970-1974 Choral scholarship from St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle

1981-3 British Cultural Exchange Scholarship to study at The Kodály Institute, Kecskemét

1959 Choral scholarship from Truro Cathedral1970-1974 Choral scholarship from St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle

1981-3 British Cultural Exchange Scholarship to study at The Kodály Institute, Kecskemét

1987 ARAM for his services to music education. 


1992 Churchill Travel Scholarship to visit the USA and study the development of Kodály on the East coast of the USA. 


2005 awarded the Kodály Institute Award for his services to the Kodály world.


2018 winner of the Music Teacher’s Lifetime achievement award sponsored by the Incorporated Society of Musicians.


Yuko Vinden

Born in Japan, Yuko studied for the B mus. at Hokkaido University graduating in 1981. She spent a further two years studying at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét where she met David. Yuko subsequently settled in England and began her first teaching in Kodály Musicianship at the Junior dept of the Guildhall School of Music from 1984-1987. Between 1991 and 2006 she was a lecturer in Musicianship at Trinity college of Music, London, and has tutored for the British Kodály Academy. Yuko is active as a piano teacher and accompanist at the Royal Masonic School for girls in Rickmansworth and St Martin’s school in Northwood. She was a part-time accompanist at the Purcell school and currently accompanies Suzuki groups in London.

Yuko has given various lectures and workshops on Kodály in England and Japan and has also co-authored various books of material on Kodály for use in England and Japan.