I graduated from Durham University in 2010 with a BA in music (2:1) and a MA in music composition with distinction. I also have a Licentiate Diploma in Flute Performance from Trinity College London with distinction and ABRSM Grade 8 distinctions in flute and voice.
Teaching, along with music, is my great love. After qualifying as a teacher in 2011, I enjoyed working as a primary school teacher in several schools across the city, where I gained experience teaching in both Key Stages. During this time I coordinated music for one of Sheffield’s largest primary schools and was responsible for producing a whole school music curriculum and a number of successful whole school concerts, productions and performances.
I have taught music privately for over a decade with experience teaching children and adults from beginner to advanced level - I am very proud of my students and their achievements, several of whom have left lessons with me with Grade 8 distinction from the ABRSM. I have also prepared private students for music college auditions and for West End show auditions. I have had students take the lead roles in School of Rock and Annie.
In addition to my private work, I am currently a vocal coach for the children's musical theatre franchise Stagecoach Theatre Arts where I work with students from ages 6 to 18 on a number of hugely rewarding projects. Highlights include preparing the children's choir for the professional touring show of Joseph at the Lyceum and Chesterfield Winding Wheel.
I am currently the Musical Director of Lodge Moor Children's Choir. We have performed with The Yorkshire Wind Orchestra, taken part in Young Voices at the Sheffield Arena and recently competed at a national level in the Manchester Amateur Choral Competition at the Royal Northern College of Music where we received excellent feedback from the judges.
On a personal note, I have always enjoyed performing, competing and ensemble playing. Growing up, I was a member of the Sheffield choir Cantores Novae and Yorkshire Youth Orchestra with whom I toured nationally and internationally. In addition, I won multiple categories in the Sheffield based David Clover Singing Competition. At University I was part of Hild and Bede Chapel Choir and DULOG (Durham University Light Opera Group) as well as performing solos in Mozart’s Requiem with Durham University Choral Society, Beethoven's 9th symphony with DUOS (Durham University Orchestral Society) and Pergolesi's Stabat Mater for Passion Sunday at Elvet Methodist Church, Durham. I have been fortunate enough to be part of many exciting projects including being commissioned to compose music for Hullaballoo Theatre Company's production of Macbeth.