I began playing the piano by ear at a very young age. By the age of 11, having passed all my grades with distinction, I began performing as a soloist in concertos and giving recitals. I had great teachers in Ella Pounder then later Denis Matthews. I studied piano with Ryszard Bakst at the Royal Northern College of Music and also had singing lessons with Vera Cross. I won the Elizabeth Hannah Lees Scholarship and the Frederick Dawson piano prize and after graduating with first class honours, I studied jazz and commercial music production. I’ve performed regularly ever since. More recently, I’ve done more innovative solo shows with an emphasis on my own compositions and improvisations, using technology and making recordings which I release regularly.
I initially taught piano and singing in the conventional way, successfully taking students to grade 8 and beyond but always wanted to teach people to be fluent in the language of music, fostering skills like improvising, playing by ear and fluent sight-reading. For a few years, I taught A level music and production at Aquinas College – an FE college in Stockport. Whilst there, I began to develop my ideas about training fluent musicianship. I now teach piano and singing using my own training system and have built an online training course – PlayPianoFluently.
My full CV is available by request.