Originally from East Anglia, I studied music at Manchester University, gaining MusB and MusM qualifications. I have since worked both in private tuition and also as part of a local authority music service.
I began learning the violin when I was eight, my first interest in the instrument simply coming from the availability of lessons at school. I had the good fortune to encounter skilled and enthusiastic teachers, and had access to a rich local network of orchestras and other activities, as well as supportive parents. This fostered, in turn, an enthusiasm for music itself, and for the process of learning.
From this background comes my strongly-held view that an initial interest in learning an instrument should be given every opportunity to develop into an important part of somebody's life.
From 2004 until 2009, back in my home region, I worked as a peripatetic teacher with the Suffolk County Music Service. This took me into a wide variety of schools, teaching the violin and viola to young beginners through to university and music college entrance level. I also had the opportunity to work with the Suffolk Youth Orchestra, coaching young players to a high standard in core symphonic repertoire. I was an examiner of graded instrumental exams, and helped and directed numerous extracurricular and out-of-school activities.
Since moving to Altrincham in 2009, I mainly focussed on providing private individual tuition, and also continued to do some teaching in schools in Manchester. I have also expanded my active musical interests, by beginning to learn the tuba. After benefiting greatly from help given by Sale Brass Band, I recently joined Eccles Borough Band.