Tell us a little bit about yourself and your life. Not necessarily music-related!
I am a Welsh girl at heart now living in rural Leicestershire. I feel like I’ve come in through the back door to join the Nevis Ensemble and will get thrown out again just as quickly when they realise I’m not the virtuoso violist they were looking for! I’m married to Chris, a Benedictine monk who works at a retreat centre, we have four kids ranging from 22 down to 12, I teach and am taught at my local primary school.
How did you first get into music?
I started at Llanfihangel-y-Creuddyn School at the age of 7 and still have the report where my teacher gave me a Z! We were fortunate to have an excellent music staff in Ceredigion and later joined students and semi professionals at the Aberystwth Philomusica, which then had a very good music department, to play concerts with the newscaster Richard Baker and the children’s television entertainer Jonny Morris.
What made you decide that music would be an important part of your life?
Music has given me a family, widened my circle of friends and given me some fun opportunities along the way from busking by the lake in Llandrindod Wells to playing at Denver’s Comic Con with The Castle Rock Orchestra to German exchange visits to Kronberg and Frankfurt.
What has been your musical highlight so far?
I will be the ‘mum’ of this orchestra judging by the main age range! When I was in my early 30s I played Pachelbel’s Canon for Prince Charles with some friends, he asked us if we were from the local school. I am young at heart and will, I’m sure, fit right in!
Who are your favourite composers/artists/musicians?
My teenage angst was soothed by Janecek’s Taras Bulba and the musical Chess. I like the guitar music of Laurence Juber (Cobalt Blue, Mosaic), Djangos Cadillac and Officium. Fairly eclectic like most musicians.
What do you anticipate for the Nevis Ensemble?
A challenge! I look forward to doing something fun and somewhat philanthropic now my kids don’t need me so much. I studied in Dundee and currently have a daughter studying in Edinburgh, always good to go back.