My Biography

I began playing the violin in 1981 at aged 4, studying under Janice Thorgeson who was a violinist with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. In 1983, having moved to Wales, studied under Simon Wienman, who was a renowned soloist and leader of the BBC Welsh Orchestra. I was awarded a music scholarship to Wells Cathedral school in 1987, but decided to stay in Wales until 1989, and at age 10 having been offered a music scholarship to both Oakham School in Rutland and Clifton College in Bristol, accepted the scholarship to Clifton, where I studied under Richard Crabtree, renowned violist and violinist who was also a professor at Trinity College of Music, as well as playing with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Mozart Players and the original London Soloists Ensemble, amongst others.
During these years, I played with the National Children’s orchestra, the orchestra of IAPS (Independent Association of Prep Schools) and Dorset Youth Orchestra.

I play on a period violin that was made by Henry RAWLINS, circa. 1770-1780 in London, England. He was patronised by the violinist Felice Giardini, who spent the greater part of his life in London as a composer, violinist, concert director, and was director of the Italian Opera.

In complete contrast, my bow is very modern and was made by a local bow maker, Andrew Bellis. Together, they make a beautiful sound over all ranges and musical styles, despite the age difference of over 2 centuries!

Now, as a violin teacher, I offer lessons for both children and adults, ranging from beginner to advanced.

I am also a freelance orchestral player and soloist, having played with BPS (Bournemouth Philharmonic Society), Consortium Musicum and Questa Voce. I am also available for Trio and Quartet playing, along with wedding and function work.