...some information about my background and how music has become a large part of my life.

 

Biography

 

I started learning the clarinet at the age of 7 and simply found that I could not stop practising.

 

After I got the first few grades under by belt I soon starting playing with local ensembles, starting with Stockport School's Wind Band and later Stockport Youth Orchestra. This also gave me experience of performing in some highly regarded local concert venues including The Bridgewater Hall, The Lowry and the RNCM concert hall.

 

During my first year of high school I passed my Grade 5 and decided to try a new challenge in the form of music competitions. I won many local competitions including Alderley Edge Music Festival, Wilmslow Music Festival and Macclesfield Music Festival.

 

I also experienced the thrill of music tours, travelling to Germany, Holland and Italy with the youth groups and performing in some wonderful and unique locations. I even became headhunted by the Stockport's Aquinas College orchestra to join them on their tour of Italy.

 

Finally achieving my grade 8 during my music A level, I was about to make one of the most important and difficult decisions of my life. I know that I would have loved to study music at university and develop a career out of a life passion, however I was persuaded to venture into another field that was considered less risky and more stable so I studied Biology at university while working at a local pharmaceutical firm.

 

In 5 years time I finally had finished my part time degree, achieving a 2:1 and since then have continued to develop myself in pharmaceutical quality.

 

Since starting work I knew music would always stay in my life and have probably increased the proportion considerably! I decided to teach clarinet starting with friends, however it was not long before I had an array of pupils from many different backgrounds, young and old. I've continued to teach ever since and gained a great deal of reward in doing so.

 

I've also been a keen member of two local ameteur groups, Alderley Edge Orchestra and Macclesfield Light Orchestra. Contacts through these 2 groups has introduced me to the world of chamber music and I often play with a Woodwind Quintet and a Double Woodwind Quintet.

 

Recently, I have been concentrating on my capabilities as an orchestral conductor. I was appointed the musical director of Altrincham Concert Orchestra in 2015 and Congleton Youth Orchestra in 2016. I have also had conducting experience with Alderley Edge Orchestra, in particular running the one day workshop, rehearsing and performing Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2.