Natalie comes from a musical family and was encouraged to start the piano at 5 years and the violin at 7. She studied at Bristol and Reading Universities. During that time she changed from violin to viola, liking the sound of the latter instrument and preferring to play an inner part within a group.
For many years she worked for the Doncaster Music Service, teaching violin and viola in schools and helping with admin at the William Appleby Music Centre.
Now retired, she feels very fortunate to have monthly viola lessons with Robin Ireland, and plays in several amateur string quartets. She helps to organise Robin’s termly South Yorkshire ‘Viola Workshops’ and his ‘Mainly Baroque’ string orchestra sessions in Sheffield.
She lives on a smallholding in South Yorkshire, growing vegetables and looking after the resident menagerie, and loves walking in the country with her spaniel.