I was raised with a rich cultural background in North Wales, where music was a huge part of my life; my immediate family are all musical, as well as some more distance relatives (my grandparents met in an orchestra, much like myself and my own partner!).
Initially I was a folk musician, spending a great deal of time picking up tunes by ear on the penny whistle from the age of 5. Once I was old enough to start learning an orchestral instrument, I chose to play the clarinet due to my mother having one in the attic!
Since then I have grown through ABRSM grades and the local schools service, their subsequent bands and ensembles to graduate with a first class honours from the Leeds College of Music.
I have since gained a Masters of Music from Bangor University, where contemporary is prominent thanks to the Bangor New Music Festival.
My time at Bangor also saw me perform my first solo with an orchestra, Deussy's Premier Rhapsodie.
I am very much a believer that music is a living breathing thing; to *teach* music in any shape or form has to have certain building blocks:
- Willingness to learn something new (and this does not just apply to the pupil - I have often come away from teaching having learned something new about music)
Along with this last point, I would add that a certain tendency for obsession, and a great deal of patience can make some of the best musicians who they are!
I have not known life without music; one of my first memories of music is of my mother singing me to sleep when I was a child. As opposed to falling asleep mid song (as my brother would), I would listen intently, then quietly say "Thank-you mum, I'm going to sleep now". Tough crowd...
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