I began my musical education in Nottingham with the help of the Nottinghamshire County Music Service. There, I attended Saturday morning music school where I received piano, horn and music theory lessons and took part in a number of ensembles.
As a horn player, I then went on to be part of the Nottinghamshire County Youth Orchestra and County Band, participating in their many musical events and tours, including tours to Italy, Norway, Germany, Holland and the USA.
Later, I studied horn and piano at Trinity College of Music, London where I graduated with an LTCL (teaching diploma) and GTCL ( Honours Degree in Music). I studied horn with John Burden, former principal horn of the London Symphony Orchestra and, also, John Pigneguy, former member of the Nash Ensemble. I have studied with Beccy Goldberg from the Royal Northern College of Music and I'm currently studying with Naomi Atherton, principal horn of Manchester Camarata.
Since returning to Nottingham, as well as piano and horn teaching, I play regularly, as a horn player, in a number of Nottinghamshire orchestras and ensembles. These have included the Nottingham Symphonic Wind Orchestra, the Orchestra of Restoration (St Mary's, the Lace Market's resident orchestra), the Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra and with various musical theatre productions.
In summer of 2019, I took part in the "Round The Horn" concert which was part of the Southwell Festival Fringe. This was a wonderful programme made up of a newly commissioned Horn Sonata by David Machell (played by Robert Parker) and a wide range of horn quartet and octet pieces. I also played in the most recent Music for Everyone concert in October 2019 at the Nottingham Albert Hall. This was a very moving occasion which featured Karl Jenkins' Mass for Peace, The Armed Man.
My most recent event was a horn and string quartet recital with me on horn with the Saorsa String Quartet (courtesy of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire) at St Paul's Church in Daybrook. This took place on Saturday 25 September 2021 and we played music by Glazunov, Saint-Saens, Haydn and Mozart. Beautiful venue, wonderful audience and lots of chocolate cake afterwards!