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My path in life has taken me on an explorative journey through all realms of music. It began in my primary school in Wales where I was offered violin lessons and was immediately stunned by the beauty of the instrument. From that moment on I knew that I was destined to be part of the musical world.

My path in life has taken me on an explorative journey through all realms of music. It began in my primary school in Wales where I was offered violin lessons and was immediately stunned by the beauty of the instrument. From that moment on I knew that I was destined to be part of the musical world. 

The keys of the piano also caught my eye soon after, quickly gaining my full undivided attention, and it became my main instrument for 10 years. I studied music, dance, art, and media in college and then proceeded to study BA Music at the University of Leeds specialising in composition, music technology and conducting. In an unsuspecting twist, the violin made a bid for my heart once again when I joined the Leeds University Union Music Society Sinfonia orchestra but my heart found itself in conducting when I was appointed as the conductor one year after joining the ensemble. This also gave me the opportunity to be the Musical Director for the Leeds University Union Opera Society’s production of Dido and Aeneas. 

Whilst at university I completed an industry year with Manchester Camerata as their Concerts Intern and Music Librarian where I realised my talents flourished in orchestral admin and concert managing. My time in that role made my passion for music soar and I found that I excelled exceptionally off-stage. Seeing that there are more people involved in organising orchestras and concerts than the performers themselves, it became important to me that I be a part of this. I finally realised that this was my true calling and went back to university to complete my music degree alongside being manager for the orchestra I had previously conducted. 

After years of participating in concerts, orchestras and choirs in the Northern territories of Wales and England, I now find myself in the mysterious lands of London with Southbank Sinfonia.


Quickfire Questions

What’s on your playlist right now?
I am currently exploring the journey of punk music from the 1974 to 2019 and the leading frontrunner bands who paved the way for subculture and alternative music in the late 70s. Though, I also love hit songs from Broadway musicals and Disney.

What do you do with your time outside of work?
You can find me at gigs, festivals, shows, art galleries and museums (specifically Egyptian history), and I will happily travel far and wide for some mind-blowing street food. I also have a blossoming interest for architecture so I will often be spotting staring at buildings and structures for a weirdly long amount of time.

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us
I recently modelled in the Argos summer 2019 catalogue for X Rocker gaming equipment. You can find me on pages 1673-1674.

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