From an early age I was dragged along to all sorts of classical concerts by my musical parents, and was regularly the youngest person in the room by what felt like 50 years! It turned out to have quite a positive impact, and I’ve loved both playing and listening to classical music ever since.
I started playing the piano at the age of seven, and after naturally gravitating towards the lower end of the piano, started playing the cello aged eight. My first ever live performance was a piano four hands piece to a packed church in Melton Mowbray. My sister and I sat on the same piano stool and played Nelly the Elephant together. As I remember it there was a standing ovation, rapturous applause, cheering and people throwing roses onto the stage, but I could be remembering that wrong.
As well as playing the cello in Leicestershire Arts string ensembles and orchestras, I was a keen singer, and sang in Leicester Cathedral choir. I continued my musical study at Cardiff University where I sang with the University Chamber Choir and played with the University Symphony Orchestra as well as joining a number of smaller ensembles.
In the last few years I have worked for a number of charities, including the English-Speaking Union and the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain. I find development very rewarding, and enjoy building new relationships and supporting the amazing talent we see in our orchestra.
Whats's on your playlist right now?
There's always a healthy dose of film music, baroque, bluegrass, Wagner and Jacob Collier.
Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us
I once won a cream cracker eating competition.