I’m relatively new to Pembrokeshire and looking forward to building a musical life here as well as exploring everything else this wonderful place has to offer! Over the past 8 years I’ve taught in Bristol, Cambridge and Ebbw Vale. I’ve always enjoyed other projects alongside my music career and have worked in care, hospitality, at a community farm and continue to run an Etsy shop selling crochet crafts online. My partner and I are also setting up an agricultural and forestry business nearby.
My musical work has included many years of teaching (I taught my first student when I was 14 and am now 29) totalling at least 50 students. I’ve lost count now! I’ve accompanied many instrumental exams and diplomas. I also sang and played the accordion with some good friends in a folk band in Bristol called Hands of the Heron and played piano for the Bristol Hippodrome community choir, run by the talented Victoria Bourne (Husky Tones).
During my free time I love growing, cooking and eating food, getting crafty, practicing yoga, walking my little dog, Tyskie, playing board games, reading and exploring.
I spent 3 years studying music at the University of Bristol, learning piano performance and accompanying with Raymond Clarke, alongside music history, harmony, composing and conducting classes. I often accompanied opera society rehearsals and university recitals, was the rehearsal pianist for the Choral Society led by head of music, John Pickard, and sang with Schola Cantorum, a beautiful medieval, female voices choir run by the fantastic Emma Hornby, who tutored me through my miraculously successful final dissertation.
It was alongside these studies that I began to teach in Bristol.
Since a very young age I loved to play the piano and sing, taking lessons and participating in school concerts and competitions in my hometown, Godalming. I enjoyed playing for the annual school musicals and participating in my secondary school jazz band where my wonderfully ambitious music teacher pushed us to a professional standard and gave us the opportunity to earn some pocket money performing at parties and weddings. For 4 years I sang with the Guildford cathedral choir and later received a music scholarship to study at Charterhouse school for my sixth form education.
At Charterhouse I was able to sing in 5 exeptional choirs, complete my piano ABRSM diploma, try my hand at the bassoon and study music, history and mathematics for my Cambridge Pre-U exams (A-level equivalent). I was very fortunate to learn from an extremely supportive and challenging piano teacher, Rosemary Dines, and music director, Mark Shepherd, who hugely influenced my musical training. During the holidays I also worked at summer schools held at Charterhouse, hosting children from China and Hong Kong for several weeks of lessons, outdoor activities and cultural day trips.