She is a
violist born in the South of England who’s first instrument was a recorder
that was given to her as a present while she as still an infant. She then received a violin that was
handed down to her by her grandfather and although she showed a fleeting
interest in the flute, the violin won the day and this was the path she
took for her future career.
She became a
member of the string orchestra that was situated in her area and when she
was fourteen years old she was persuaded to play the viola. When she as sixteen she became a
student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with 1992 being the year
of her graduation.
Ireland she took the job of Co-Principal Viola for the RTE
National Symphony Orchestra in 1993 and after remaining with them for six
years where she accepted the offer of Co-Principal Viola for the BBC
National Orchestra of Wales in 1998.
the BBC until 2001 she settled in London to bring up her family and work as
a freelance musician. She had performed
with the Philharmonia Orchestra on prior
occasions, but became a fully fledged member of the orchestra in 2009,
where she still remains. She has performed in many of
their events at their home in London’s Royal Festival Orchestra.
course of her career she has performed as a Principal Viola for the Russian
State Ballet and Wexford Festival Orchestra and also as Guest Principal
Violin for many orchestras that include the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the English
Festival Orchestra, the English Sinfonia and the
Irish Chamber Orchestra. Other
orchestras and ensembles she has worked with include the Benardi Chamber Ensemble, the Contemporary Music
Ensemble of Wales, the English National Opera Orchestra, the Guildford
Philharmonic Orchestra, the Irish Sinfonis, Opus
20 String Ensemble, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Ulster
She has had
her work heard on many film and television productions where she has played
with the Irish Film Orchestra among others. Some of these include The Ambassador, Bassykissangel,
Dancing at Lughnasa, The Mask, Remains of the
Day, Some Mother’s Son and War
of the Buttons along with countless others.
She has also
accompanied numerous artists, musicians and musical productions such as Shirley
Bassey, Kate Bush, Michael Crawford, Leslie
Garrett, Bonnie Tyler, Lord of the
Dance and Riverdance.