I grew up in Andover, learning piano and violin and playing in a range of local ensembles, including Andover Light Orchestra, with whom I still play now! During my teens, I achieved ABRSM Grade 8 in both piano and violin and started my professional career in two different directions – as piano accompanist for Andover Children’s Choir and playing folk ceilidh band. My love of folk music grew, but at 18 I made the decision to study classical violin at Birmingham Conservatoire. At Birmingham, I studied with senior violin tutor Nathaniel Vallois, who helped me make huge progress with my playing and whose wisdom I draw on regularly in my own teaching. I also had my first opportunities at teaching, both through the pedagogy modules of my degree and with private pupils. Studying at Birmingham didn’t mean leaving folk behind though and I had four fantastic national tours with Joe Broughton’s Conservatoire Folk Ensemble – a crazy 40-piece beast of a folk band. I also met my duo partner Beth Gifford and we started performing and recording together. After graduating from Birmingham with a BMus in Music, I moved back to Andover and started my teaching business. As well as teaching a wonderfully wide range of students, I also perform in a variety of settings, from duo gigs with Anna Mullens & Beth Gifford to pit bands for Musical Theatre Salisbury. I also lead folk workshops for young people and adults, including being part of the team for the children’s ceilidh band at Sidmouth FolkWeek – the Sidmouth Seaside Stompers.