I am a 24-year-old London-based musician. I grew up in Reading where I learned bassoon, piano, recorder and singing with Berkshire Maestros. I was principal bassoon for the Berkshire Youth Symphony Orchestra and the National Children’s Main Orchestra. I then learned bassoon at the Royal College of Music for my undergraduate degree where I graduated with a First. I am graduating from my Masters at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama this summer where I specialised in orchestral playing.
I took a gap year before my undergraduate degree in which I worked at Berkshire Maestros and began teaching bassoon, flute, clarinet, saxophone and recorder in various schools. I taught lessons one-on-one, in groups, and classes of Widening Opportunities. My experiences through this gap year shaped my whole future by sparking my passion for teaching music. Since my gap year, through my studies, I have been teaching privately and I am the bassoon teacher at Elstree Independent Boys School in Berkshire and Thomson House School in Mortlake. I also teach bassoon and piano for Merton Music Foundation. I have recently started partaking in outreach work – I have experience leading music classroom workshops in primary schools and have aided in workshops with LSO Discovery: the outreach work that the London Symphony Orchestra leads. These workshops have been incredible as I have had the opportunity to work with a large variety of people, from babies to adults with learning difficulties.
I was lucky enough to recently have some professional work playing bassoon and contra bassoon with the English National Opera Orchestra and the London Contemporary Orchestra. I have been playing in orchestras from the age of 10 and it is my favourite thing to do! This is the reason that I decided to do the Orchestral Artistry Masters at GSMD after I finished my BMus(Hons) at RCM, where I won the Howarth Bassoon Prize. I also have experience performing as a soloist; from the age of 14 I performed works from the bassoon repertoire with various orchestras including St John’s Chamber Orchestra and the Windsor and Maidenhead Symphony Orchestra. My degree at GSMD is in association with the London Symphony Orchestra so I have had the honour of sitting in with the orchestra a lot over the past two years. The highlight of this association was playing a joint concert with the LSO conducted by Simon Rattle. Most recently I played principal bassoon in Lark Ascending with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and, with the GSMD Symphony Orchestra on the Barbican Hall stage, I played principal bassoon in: Verdi’s Requiem, Shostakovich’s 10th symphony, and Prokofiev’s 3rd piano concerto.
Bassoon – Grade 8 distinction, ATCL, LTCL, DipABRSM
Recorder – Grade 8 distinction, ATCL
Piano – Grade 8 distinction
Singing – Grade 8 distinction