Before joining TSO I had somewhat lost touch with playing the violin, having not picked it up in anger since completing my Music degree at Manchester. Within three months of my first rehearsal I found myself as leader and launched upon a renewed musical journey which has seen me re-train as a music teacher.
I am now Head of Music at Torquay Boys’ Grammar School, inspiring (I hope) a new generation of musicians in a wide range of musical styles from jazz and rock to, of course, orchestral music. That role has also seen me dust of my composition skills, and the school performed my re-imagining of The Great Gatsby in summer 2021.
I’ve been playing violin since I demanded my parents buy me one at the age of 5 and was lucky enough play in the Devon Youth Orchestra under the baton of Anthony le Fleming. I’ve been playing an 1895 Andrew Marshall violin, passed down to me from my great grandmother, for the last 30 years and can’t imagine playing anything else!