My interest in music started with the school recorder, quickly developing into a longing to learn the violin, which my parents agreed to, with lessons from the age of eight. This set the scene for a life time hobby, opening up many exciting opportunities and making new friends. After reading for a Geography degree at University and post graduate studies, I qualified as a Town and Country Planner and my professional life has been in spent working for Local Government in Derbyshire.
Evenings rehearsing with local orchestras left me frustrated at finding that there were so few keen amateur viola players around to form quartets. This prompted me to acquire my first viola over 25 years ago, sparking a welcome challenge to master its clef and explore new repertoire.
I currently live in Sheffield with my husband, who is an amateur luthier and I play on a viola he made.
I have regular lessons from Robin Ireland and am a member of the viola section of the Sheffield Chamber Orchestra and also play chamber music with other local amateur musicians.
Following an exhilarating week at the 2013 Lionel Tertis International Viola Festival I discovered the British Viola Society and am now honoured to serve as Secretary.