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 16 years I’ve taught in Godalming, Bristol, Cambridge and Ebbw Vale. I’ve always enjoyed other projects alongside my music career and have worked in care, hospitality, farming 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 totalling more than 50 students. I’ve accompanied many instrumental recitals, exams and diplomas. I sang and played the accordion with some good friends in a Bristol folk band, Hands of the Heron, and accompanied 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, dysgu Cymraeg, 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.