In 2001 I was awarded a music scholarship to Strathallan School, Scotland. It was here that my love for choral music blossomed under the incredibly inspirational director of music Neil Metcalfe. In the inaugural year of awards, I won a choral scholarship with St. Ninians Cathedral and took up regular cathedral choral duties. After School I was awarded an entrance scholarship to study at the RNCM with Dr. Louise Lansdown where I completed a bachelor’s and master’s degree in performance.
I have been very fortunate to have already had a very exciting and varied performing career as a viola player. As a soloist I have performed at the International Viola Congress in South Africa, delivered a lecture recital at Yale University and as a concerto soloist in Scotland and at the RNCM. I have a great passion for chamber music which has led to collaborations with musicians including Peter Cropper of the Lyndsey Quartet, Robin Michael of the Fidelio Trio and concerts with my own string trio across the UK. Orchestrally I have performed with the BBC Philharmonic, the Hallé Orchestra and other freelance orchestras across the UK. In 2011 I deputised as the solo violist for the West End UK tour of South Pacific. Although primarily a music college trained viola player, I consider myself to be joint principal study violin and viola, and enjoy teaching and performing on both, most recently performing Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’, directing Leek Sinfonietta from the violin.
I have a lot of experience in teaching children to a very high level. At Yorkshire Young Musicians, students of mine have gained distinction at grade 8 ABRSM and scholarships to attend some of the best music conservatoires in the country. I have also been involved with Pro Corda since 2009 working on various courses each year, and working with children from all backgrounds aged 8-18. My roles at Pro Corda have been many and varied throughout my time there, starting off as a member of the pastoral team and ‘graduating’ to a member of the chamber music coaching staff, course orchestral conductor and choir tutor. I am also very privileged to teach classroom music as part of Pro Corda’s SEN team at Parkwood Hall School and Sunnydown School for Boys, where I have created schemes of work for years 7 and 8. Whilst Music Administrative Assistant at Manchester High School for Girls, a role more akin to ‘Musician in Residence’, I took the year 7 classes for whole class violin and ‘P-Bone’ lessons. I helped the Director of Music with choir rehearsals, organised concert series and with the organisation of over 60 internal and external yearly concerts. Even at that age my desire to teach was great and as such the director of music allowed me to teach part of the A-Level course and cover for the Assistant Head of Music when she had to take time off work; teaching analysis of set works, preparing GCSE and A-Level students for composition coursework deadlines and for the performance aspect of the courses.
In September 2012 I embarked on my first job as a choral conductor and musical director with Leek Choral Society. Having enjoyed singing so much choral music, before focusing on the viola at music college, it was an incredible experience to come back to it from a different angle. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenges and rewards it presented and it has inspired me to seek out more opportunities like this one. This lead to my appointment as musical director for Marple Choral Society in 2013, and also as the guest conductor for Manchester Philharmonic Choir, the highlights of which were a musical variety concert for the Mayor of Leek, which featured Handel Anthems all the way through to Bohemian Rhapsody. Performances of Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah, Britten’s St Nicolas, Mozart Requiem and ‘A Night at the West End’.