I started playing the recorder when I was seven, and was soon totally inspired by Franz Bruggen's playing.Later I attended the Royal Academy of Music as a Junior Exhibitioner, playing Flute and piano, and followed this with a music degree at Exeter University where I formed a Recorder Quartet and was a member of the University Early Music Group. I took the Postgrad performance course in Early Music at the Guildhall School of Music, and then the PGCE in Music Teaching at the Institute of Education.
I began teaching Recorder in 1979 quite by chance, discovered I loved it and carried on and after meeting Peter Holtslag, had lessons with Kees Boeke, Walther van Hauwe, and Jeanette van Wingerden.
Since leaving college, I have taught at Young Music Makers, The Centre for Young Musicians, Eton College, and Pimlico Special Music Course, plus many other schools, teaching in almost every sort of school private , state, junior, and secondary.Currently I am working at St John the Divine Primary School where I teach the gifted and talented, and I also teach at the Jonas Foundation Music School at the Elephant, and since September 2013 I have also been teaching at a pensioner centre in Southwark. I also have a wide range of private pupils, ranging in age from 5 to 28 who learn recorder and /or piano, and I try to organise at least two and possibly three concerts for my private students each year. The next concert will be scheduled for the end of the Summer term 2014.
Recent exam results have been excellent with three distinctions, two merits and one pass.
This term two children are approaching grade 3 piano, two have just taken grade 2 piano, three are approaching grade 2/3 recorder, and two are preparing for Grade 6 Recorder . Four are took grade 1, one is took grade 2, and all passed with merit while another two have taken their Grade 8 Recorder with distinction this year and one is now also working for her grade 7 on piano, while the other is working towards a diploma on recorder
I have also performed and recorded widely in Britain and Europe, with such ensembles as The English Bach Festival Baroque Orchestra, The Taverner Players, The London Philharmonia, and various chamber ensembles. Recently I performed in a performance of Acis and Galatea, in Dulwich as part of the Dulwich subscription series, and in a concert with Linden Baroque with whom I have had a fond, and fun association for over 20 years. An additional interest is Klezmer which I love, and I play clarinet regularly too with various groups.