I made music from a young age, singing in choirs and small groups, playing piano, bassoon, french horn and guitar, exploring classical, pop, folk and jazz repertoire. Later I graduated from the Royal College of Music in London, studying bassoon, piano and conducting, and singing with David Willcocks in the RCM Chorus.
After a few pro classical bassoon gigs, I turned my attention to teaching. I enjoyed a few years as an instrumental teacher in Berkshire with all ages, and then trained as a primary teacher, with music, maths and technology specialisms, becoming a deputy head teacher in Devon, and then a head teacher in Somerset in 1999. After two good school OFSTED reports I decided to quit my headship, feeling the pull of the performing arts once again. In 2007 I returned to full time professional music.
I now work with singing students of all ages and stages (but also piano, bassoon, music theory GCSE and tech) at my home and in schools. I lead several choirs, perform in classical groups and a covers band, musically direct shows, and write songs and shows with children in schools. I have two grown-up children who are both wonderfully musical! My mission is to work alongside folk of all ages to help them access music making in all its forms, reaching as high a standard as possible while performing passionately and truly enjoying themselves!