Much to the delighted surprise of my appreciative yet unmusical parents, they found me humming and songwriting before I could fully form words and dancing to any sort of music or rhythm. My childhood was spent fiddling around on the tin whistle, bodhran and playing Disney songs on the recorder as well and tinkling the ivories.
When I headed to Saturday Music School to learn oboe and tuned percussion my penchant for rules and regiment emerged and Music Theory classes were one of my favourites. This fascination with function continued through to university and when my peers groaned at having to harmonise or write yet another Bach chorale, I rejoiced.
No matter what the genre or beat is, music always has the power to engage me; I’ve played in Samba bands, gamelan orchestras and more unusual instruments that I’ve attempted to learn include sitar and accordion. It’s not just music that interests me but the way in which it exists in communities and I’ve often combined my travels around the world to gain a closer look at the cultural contexts that it exists within.
It was at university that my talent for organisation became clear and I took up a position as Community Music Administrator shortly before an internship at the Orchestra of St John’s which gave me a fantastic insight into the workings of an orchestra. When that came to a close I realised that my passion was about making things happen and I began to pursue a career in arts fundraising which was a perfect combination of event management, strategy, raising necessary funds to get ideas on the platform and all the while conversing with musicians and supporters about all-inspiring MUSIC!
Having recently taken my organisational skills to the responsible jewellery sector, I’m delighted to return to the musical community and especially the springboard organisation for so many that is, Southbank Sinfonia.
When I’m not at work or concerts, you’ll find me singing with London’s coolest choir, Some Voices, cooking the many recipes I’ve collected on my travels for friends or exploring, be that in the countryside or city.
What is your favourite piece of music, and why do you love it?
This used to be such a simple question for me to answer but now it’s too difficult to decide. What springs to mind today is Berlioz, Roméo et Juliette – there’s a particular line about the scent of orange blossom filling the air – I adore that moment.
Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us.
I was a performer in the Olympic Opening Ceremony for London 2012.