About Me

From starting piano lessons aged five and begging my parents to let me learn violin (because my friend Danielle was) when I was eight, it seems only natural to have continued studying music through to degree level. For the latter two years of my degree I played my part as half of a piano duet, for which my duet partner and I worked hard at under the tuition of pianist and composer David Owen Norris. We relished the opportunity to perform in the Turner Sims on the new and very expensive Steinway piano! While at university, I also received excellent violin tuition from violinist Caroline Balding, who not only patiently caught me up on my technique, but also inspired and encouraged my playing after years of frustration, battling with whether or not to give up. Genuinely pleased I didn't!

In contrast, one of my main musical passions is running gospel choirs! I first started one at my school while a sixth former, when until that point in time I didn't even sing in front of my own mother! This choir was my pride and joy for two years, consisting of around 20 to 30 members including both students and staff. We performed at numerous events both in and outside of school. Positive word of mouth provided opportunities to perform at the turning on of the Chepstow Christmas Lights and Coleford Music Festival. We also competed in the Mid-Somerset Festival at Bath in 2006 and 2007, resulting in a new category especially for gospel choirs! Throughout my time at university I led two smaller gospel groups under the wing of the University’s fairly large (around 100 strong) gospel and pop choir Jazzmanix. The summer music tours over the years have provided opportunities to perform in various European countries. I was also a part of the University String Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra while at University.

Since graduating from the University of Southampton with a 2:1, I have been earning myself a living teaching piano and violin, first in Southampton and now in Bristol. As well as being a great place to live, Bristol has provided me with greater teaching and other musical opportunities. While enjoying this job, I have also been working hard on developing my own musicianship, with song-writing and exploring different styles. Over the last few years, to keep up my piano playing, I have taken the opportunity to rehearse and perform with flautist Heather Leighton for a few concerts in Wales. As if this isn’t enough to keep myself busy, I am rehearsing for and playing regular Sunday mornings at my Church, Severn Vineyard, and enjoying a fourth opportunity to run a gospel choir!

  • Playing a duet
  • Conducting a choir