Growing up I never saw myself pursuing a career in music, however, looking back on it now, it seems inevitable: When I was six years old, a group from the London Mozart Players performed an arrangement of Mozart’s Rondo Alla Turca at my school. I enjoyed it so much that I went home and sang it to my mother who, in turn, sang it to a CD shop sales assistant who, very luckily, happened to know what it was. It was my first ever CD. Instances like this show how music has always strongly affected me and how the lure of making it my life’s work would be difficult to resist.
I began playing the oboe at age eight, not out of choice but because it was the only instrument with a vacancy at my school. However, I took to it immediately because it’s an unusual instrument and there’s a part of me that likes to stand out. I often think it’s incredibly lucky that the instrument I fell into playing happens to suit me so well!
As a teenager, I joined the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra which was a huge inspiration. The orchestra was of an amazing standard and ambitious with repertoire, introducing me to great works such as the Rite of Spring and Shostakovich’s 10th Symphony. It also provided me with lifelong friends. The happy memories from this time drew me further towards music.
I completed my undergraduate degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2019 where I developed a love of chamber music. My wind quintet, Concrete Winds, have performed in numerous festivals including the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival and the Tunnell Trust’s Music Coll. Back in London, the quintet have performed in many interesting locations such as No. 11 Downing Street and the Mansion House and in 2017, we performed in the BBC’s Total Immersion Concert Series which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3. In the summer of 2019 I was part of the Spanish Chamber Music Festival, Encuentro de Musica y Academia de Santander, which was a transformative experience. I have also been part of side by side programmes with orchestras such as the Dorset Operal Festival Orchestra.
Music has always been about enjoyment and I look forward to a lifetime of sharing that enjoyment with others.
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
What is your favourite piece of music and why do you love it?
I don’t really have one favourite piece but one that has always stuck with me is The Ecstasy of Gold from the The Good the Bad and the Ugly soundtrack. It’s uplifting, has lots of brass and percussion and influences from popular music: The piece makes you feel powerful!
Where’s your favourite place to listen to music and why?
In my bedroom because nobody can see the dancing!
Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us.
I have a passionate and irrational dislike for raisins.