Music has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. I started lessons at the age of 10yrs, initially recorder, piano and viola, but then at the age of 11yrs, I had the opportunity to learn the flute, which very quickly became my main instrument. I studied music at Kingston Polytechnic, Reading University and the Royal College of Music and since graduating have spent over 30years teaching in mainstream secondary education and special needs schools, as well as performing in a semi-professional capacity.
Originally from Hastings, I moved to Hampshire in 2010 and after a year as a senior leader with the Portsmouth Music Service, secured a job at Mary Rose Academy in Portsmouth, a school for pupils aged 2yrs – 19yrs with severe and complex needs,(PMLD and Autism), where I taught music to all pupils for 5 years. I absolutely loved working with these pupils and was constantly amazed at the power of music to connect, facilitate communication and development in ways that nothing else can.
I am currently working part time for Southampton Music Hub, where I am part of a Family Music project looking at how music can benefit looked after and vulnerable children. I still play as often as possible as a member of a Wind Quintet, lead Alto Sax in a Pops Orchestra and flute in other orchestras. I am really excited to be part of the Soundabout Team and am really looking forward to using music to bring about many smiles and much laughter