From there I progressed to the Guildhall School of Music. My teacher was Pauline Scott and, notably, Hans Keller.
After leaving college I was lucky to get into the Kreisler String Orchestra (KSO) which was a chamber group of 17 players that performed the string orchestral repertoire without a conductor. With the KSO, I performed all over Europe and made several classical, jazz and pop recordings. After about 5 years I became the general manager. In this role I secured a recording contract and obtained funding from the Arts Council and British Council. I organised tours to Russian, France, Hungary, Holland and Spain and liaised with agents and concert organisers.
I was always a free-lance player performing with Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Bournemouth Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players, City of London Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Birmingham Royal Ballet to name just a few. I had several leadership positions and seemed to gravitate to opera and ballet work. I have done a stint in the West End performing in Oklahoma, Show Boat, Les Mis, Phantom, Miss Saigon, Martin Guerre, Lion King… In addition, I am on Park Life (Blur) and worked with Sting to perform a piece at his wife’s 40th birthday. We also performed with Brian Eno on an experimental project and Youssou N’Dour.
I have always had a small teaching practice. I did try teaching at the start of my career with Bromley Council and at the Bexley College of Music but did not find that very rewarding. Over the years, I have taught at the Blackheath Conservatoire and at the Dartington International Music Festival for a number of seasons. I was asked on a few occasions to work on some residential kids course in Essex, which involved taking orchestral sections and coaching chamber groups.
I have had such a mixture of students from ages 6 to 60, from beginner to music college students. I think this has given me quite an insight into the discipline of learning and performing…