I was born in Glasgow in 1970 amd started playing recorder at Steppd Primary School aged 10. Once I moved up to Chryston High School, I joined the recorder group there under the tutalage of Ethel Allan. Rehearsing every lunchtime and evening at school and twice a week privately, I progressed through grade examinations, competed at all the music festivals across the country and performed as a solist and in Chryston Recorder Group and the Stepps Recorder Consort.
I graduated from Glasgow University in 1992 with a music degree and, having completed a postgraduate teaching diploma, started teaching music in secondary schools. 13 years later, I moved to become a Guidance teacher at Linlithgow Academy where I continue to teach.
I continued to study recorder under the wonderful Eileen Silcocks for a number of years after leaving school before moving into conducting. I was for many years a visiting conductor with the Society of Recorder Players, a regular conductor at the Scottish Recorder Festival and on several occasions at the National Recorder Festival. I was also part of the teaching staff on the Recorder Summer School for a number of years.
My music commitments have been limited over the past 10 years or so by my family commitments; my three children take most of my time and attention. However, I still direct the Scottish Recorder Course which has just celebrated its 35th anniversary and, along with a few of my old school friends, have re-formed our recorder group under the name Arcara. We perform regularly across Central Scotland.