Music has always been a big part of my life - there was no escaping the sounds of Dad composing or the compulsory piano lessons from Grandma! After an unsuccessful year of piano lessons at five years old and a cello that was slightly too big, Mum dusted off her old clarinet and my love affair with orchestral music began.
My undergrad degree in New Zealand led me to take on the bright (or grey!) lights of Manchester, completing a master's degree at the Royal Northern College of Music. It was there I had the opportunity to play with the Hallé Orchestra and Mahler Chamber Orchestra, cementing my love for orchestral music and the sheer power and emotional scope of live classical music. I knew I wanted to pursue a musical career, but was always more intrigued with the process of putting on a performance and connecting with people through live music.
A move to Leeds saw me undertake the Pettman DARE Fellowship at Opera North and the University Leeds, soon becoming the In Harmony Opera North co-ordinator and later the Orchestral Activity Manager, before setting up the first ever Opera North Orchestra Academy for young musicians from across the UK. Watching these young musicians inspired by playing side-by-side with the professionals, I knew the future of orchestral music was in good hands!
Now in London, I’m thrilled to be a part of the Southbank Sinfonia team: supporting emerging musicians to redefine orchestral music for the future through our innovative performances and exciting programme of professional development projects.
What do you love about classical music?
Its universal power to speak to everyone in some way, shape or form.
What’s on your playlist right now?
I was recently made a beautiful playlist for my birthday including some Etta James, Sondheim and Mozart. I always love a good mixture! I’m also a huge fan of Podcasts: 99% Invisible, The Listening Service, Invisibilia, The Allusionist.