About Me: I started my musical training at the age of 10 as a trumpet player, and if I am honest it really wasn’t the most auspicious start. However I am a diligent worker, and by the time I left secondary school it had become apparent I had a natural talent for music. I won several prizes and awards, and in time progressed from the junior school of music at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama to the senior school as a first study tuba player.
I studied there for 4 years winning several of the Brass department prizes representing the RSAMD in the LASMOSTAFFA prize, I eventually left with a BMus with honours degree in the first class.
It was during this time I began to develop an interest in singing, and was active in the choirs at the RSAMD. I strangely have the Brass dept. to thank for becoming a singer. As a first study brass student, it was compulsory to join the music school choir, and it was here I discovered I could sing. I started studying with the tenor Ian Thompson, and latterly Peter Alexander Wilson and with their advice I decided to audition at the London music schools. To my utter surprise I gained scholarship places to all the music schools, and decided to attend the Royal College of Music and study with Ryland Davies.
I was very fortunate at the RCM and gained a lot of the necessary singing experience that I lacked, along with many external and internal performing opportunities. I remained at the RCM for 4 years, and was the recipient of many scholarships including Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Musicians Benevolent Fund, Scottish International Education Trust, and Caird Scholarships. I was also the first winner of the Prices Prize from The Worshipful Company of Musicians, the Samling Foundation and one of the first recipients of a Susan Chillcott Scholarship.
Since leaving the RCM, I have been fortunate enough to always be busy at a high level of music making and learning new skills from everyone I work with. My path wasn’t always an easy one, and I have a great number of people to thank for where I am now, but this is a job I absolutely love, so what could be better?
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