Biography

 In all aspects of my work, I believe passionately that music is for people to share, bringing together musician, listener, student, pupil - and I like to think of myself as a "musician who teaches".

 

As a teacher, I pass onto my pupils all that was taught to me and am committed to nurturing their confidence and a love of music at the same time. As a performer, I see myself as a link between the composer and the listener - quite an awesome (but fantastic!) responsibility!

 

Background:

  • Born and grew up in Loughborough, Leicestershire.
  • Educated at Rawlins School, Quorn, where there was a wonderful music department.
  • Studied piano with Gwen Preston (Loughborough) and Grace Whitehall (Nottingham) - a pupil of Dame Myra Hess.
  • Studied violin with Terence Davies (Nottingham) and Theory and Harmony with John Brydson (Loughborough)
  • Passed all grades in Piano, Violin, Theory and General Musicianship by age 14.
  • Passed LRAM, ARCM and LTCL piano performing diplomas at age 15/16.
  • Competed regularly in Music Festivals throughout the Midlands, gaining valuable performing experience and winning prizes and awards.
  • Studied at The Royal College of Music (prizewinner) with Lamar Crowson, Bernard Roberts, Antonio Brosa and Bernard Shore, and The Birmingham Conservatoire with Frank Wibaut and Ernest Element.
  • Passed LGSM (piano, teaching) and ARCM (viola, teaching) before graduating in 1973.
  • Played as freelance violinist/violist with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Sinfonietta and City of Birmingham Orchestra during student years.
  • Auditioned for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra 1973, and joined the orchestra.
  • Member of the RSNO Viola section from 1973-1988, also playing orchestral piano and harpsichord continuo.
  • Accompanist when required for RSNO, for auditions and instrumental/vocal soloists.
  • Harpsichordist with the baroque ensemble Cantilena from 1974-1984, recording commercially and for the BBC, playing in concert series and also appearing at Cheltenham, Aldeburgh and Edinburgh Festivals and the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
  • Realised own harpsichord continuo part for Vivaldi's Four Seasons, which was recorded commercially and broadcast on BBC Two.
  • 1979-1989 Pianist with the Scottish Piano Trio and Allender Ensemble, with other members of the RSNO, performing in recital series and recording for the BBC.
  • Performed the complete cycle of Beethoven Violin Sonatas with the Leader of the RSNO during the Year of Culture in Glasgow, in 1990.
  • Adjudicated at Music Festivals in Glasgow and at the Scottish Conservatoire.
  • Left the RSNO in 1988 to be with my young family and work as a freelance musician.
  • 1993-2002 Musical Director of Patchwork Youth Theatre and Kaleidoscope Children's Theatre, presenting over 30 Musical Theatre productions and touring in the UK.
  • 1978-2002 taught piano, theory and upper strings privately, and peripatetically for Renfrewshire and in private schools across Glasgow.
  • 1978-2002 Accompanist for exams and concerts.
  • In 2002 moved back to Loughborough for family reasons.
  • 2002-2003 part-time upper strings teacher with Nottinghamshire Music Services
  • 2002-2009 worked with the Music Dept of Loughborough College.
  • 2008 gained PGCE teaching qualification, Greenwich University (distance learning).
  • 2009-2012 upper strings instructor with Leicestershire Schools Music Service
  • 2002-present day freelance musician, as pianist and violist/violinist, playing in solo and chamber music settings.
  • 2002-present day teacher of piano, theory, viola and violin, working privately and with schools and colleges, also directing string groups.
  • 2002-present day accompanist for music exams, concerts and recitals.
  • 2002-present day adjucator for music competitions.
  • Currently preparing CD of Piano Favourites and planning concerts and recitals - more news to follow!

 

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