I started playing recorder when I was six years old. At first, it was just so that I could get out of class early on a Thursday afternoon. But soon I found that I really loved to play, and I’ve played (on and off) ever since.
I studied in Armidale, NSW, Australia with Miggs Coggan, Mike Irik, and Zana Clarke, and then in Bristol UK with Jeanette Hajncl. Miggs Coggan gave me a love for the instrument; composer Mike Irik inspired my love of the modern repertoire. Zana improved my technique (a lot!) and Jeanette taught me how to relax and have fun.
I stopped playing for a while in the late 1990s when I developed RSI in both my arms. I began learning the Alexander Technique, and found it so exciting and helpful that I trained to be a teacher, qualifying in 2007. Learning the Alexander Technique transformed (and continues to transform) the way I play, the way I practice, and the way I approach performing. It’s a vital tool in my recorder playing and teaching toolkit.
I teach Alexander Technique privately in Bristol UK, specialising in working with actors and musicians. I teach on the pre-entry course at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and sometimes at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
I play with Pink Noise Recorder Quartet, bake cakes, drink too much coffee, and am obsessed with knitting. I am determined to get confident enough on my bike to ride on the insanely busy and narrow roads of Bristol!