What do you do?
I have been Director of Music at Lancaster Royal Grammar School since 2011 and have used the Musical Futures ‘Just Play’ model in my teaching since 2004. I also work with the PTI (Princes Teaching Institute) as a Subject CPD Advisor and member of their Music Team on the PTI Schools Programme.
What is your background?
I trained as a singer at RWCMD and completed a Choral Scholarship at Clare College, Cambridge alongside my PGCE, but teaching has broadened my horizons further. I now play a variety of instruments (at various standards!) but my real love is still working with singers – in the classroom, in choirs and on the stage.
What are you most looking forward to working with Musical Futures on this programme?
We are very much looking forward to being part of this exciting new initiative and extending our skills, alongside those of our students. It will be great to meet others and share with them our experiences and ideas as well as to be trained by Ableton experts.
Five Words that sum up Musical Futures
Exciting, Challenging, Innovative, Freedom, Supportive
What music are you listening to at the moment?
Anything and everything! I especially love Ella Fitzgerald and German Lieder but the symphonies of Rachmaninov and Brahms are real favourites of mine. My dad made sure that I knew all the words to Meatloaf’s Bat out of Hell and Steeleye Span’s ‘Sails of Silver’ by the time I was 7. You can tell my age from my affection for Erasure, The Pet Shop Boys, The Stone Roses and Oasis, but I will pretty much listen to anything and everything!