My love for music began when I started playing the piano aged six. I auditioned for the music scholarship at my local secondary school and at around 15, I found a beaten up bassoon in the cupboard and wanted to see what it sounded like. My head of music was very supportive so it was fixed and I started having lessons. For the next two years, I focused on the bassoon and auditioned at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. It was here that I completed both my undergraduate and master's studies.
Upon graduating, I freelanced for a couple of years but soon realised that it wasn’t for me and looked for an alternative career. I’d also been working in events management and was beginning to enjoy this more than being a freelance musician. I didn’t want to leave the arts entirely, so I looked for an admin role within an orchestra and found myself working as an Orchestra Manager. I soon found myself to be enjoying this more than I ever did playing, and haven’t looked back since. Although I don’t play anymore, I still get that ‘buzz’ when a concert is over, knowing that I played a part in making it happen.
In my downtime, I love to go cycling and get out of the city. I collect vinyl records so a lot of my spare time is spent in record shops buying up second-hand vinyl. Last time I counted I had almost 600. I also like to spend a lot of my time listening to new music and going to gigs, often not knowing the band/person I’m going to see. It’s a great way of hearing what’s out there and sometimes surprising which is always fun.
What do you love about classical music?
I love people’s different reactions to classical music and how each individual hears something different. I can listen to the same piece of music over and over and it can make me feel a very different way depending on my mood and situation.
What's on your playlist right now?
I’m currently obsessed with Christine and the Queens! I saw her live recently and both musically and visually it was incredible. I’m also loving Jungle, there’s a real energy and drive to their music and their second album is definitely one of my favourites of the year. To chill out I listen to Nils Frahm, his music can be captivating and the sounds he can create from different keyboard instruments is fascinating.