Despite being thrown out of both the choir and recorder group at primary school for not being any good, music subsequently became a big part of my upbringing. I started off singing in the church choir, then took up the flute, and after having watched a brilliant bassoon performance on BBC Young Musician of the Year, decided that this was the instrument for me.
University took me to the amazing city of Manchester where I studied French and German, followed by a Masters in German Culture and Dictatorship. It was then on to Munich where I was based for over seven years running the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth. I was fortunate to work with wonderful colleagues all over Europe and beyond, also being closely involved with the European and International Music Councils and their campaigns for young music professionals.
I’ve been in London since 2014, focussing on Development at Wigmore Hall, City Music Foundation, and now here at Southbank Sinfonia. I had previously told myself that Development was the area of the arts which I was least likely to specialise in, but it turns out that I really enjoy it! Fundraising is much more than money: it’s about building relationships, finding creative solutions, and celebrating incredible work.
What’s on your playlist right now?
Pieces I am currently playing for various amateur orchestras (Shostakovich 12, Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony…), Lisa Bassenge (a German singer I’ve recently rediscovered), and an album of music from Cabo Verde (to remind me of a great trip there!)
What do you think concerts of the future should look like?
Audience members should feel at ease but also be challenged and experience something they haven’t before. I’m all for experimentation but new formats don’t have to replace existing ones: it’s about trying new things but also ensuring that the music is always at the heart of the performance.