My family’s very musical, with Dad playing us Brahms and Mahler at weekends. But, I’m sorry to say that when I started flute lessons as a child, I quickly gave them up and stuck to Ballet instead, because it didn’t require a music theory class.
I hated solfège so much that I never learned an instrument, and instead took a multitude of dance classes and singing lessons in the hopes of becoming a musical theatre actress. Growing up in a Parisian suburb meant there wasn’t really an outlet for this ambition, other than repeatedly inflicting songs from Cats on my unfortunate family. I did keep dancing, and my love of the performing arts extended to the music that I was dancing to - Tchaikovsky remains one of my favourite composers to this day.
Though I initially wanted to study history, I found out that there were actual university degrees about making the arts happen and when I unexpectedly got accepted onto my first choice, I knew I had to go for it.
I followed my French degree in Cultural Project Management with an MA in Arts Administration in London, and never really looked back, working with a variety of arts organisations and more or less falling into the Finance function by accident. Eventually, I realised that after working in accounts for almost a decade I probably needed to accept that this was my life now and get a finance qualification, so I started taking CIMA exams.
Working in finance in the arts is hugely rewarding because if I’m doing my job right, it allows everything else that the orchestra needs to happen. It lays solid foundations that make sure that we have the cash flow to pay the bills, and allows the people working to make the concerts happen to focus on doing their jobs so everyone can enjoy the music.
What do you love about classical music?
I love the evocativeness, the storytelling, the journeys orchestral music takes you on without words or narratives. Whenever I listen to a piece of classical music, whatever my mood or my location, it will always set something resonating in me and fire my imagination.
Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us.
I’m half French but I don’t really like cheese.