After graduating from the University of Roehampton with a Bachelor’s degree in Music in 2001, I worked full time across London as a peripatetic guitar teacher for thirteen years. I now have a private teaching practice in Manchester, working with teenagers and adult students and I run the Chorlton Classical Guitar Group.
In 2015 I continued my studies as a classical guitarist and completed a two year performance Master’s degree at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM). It was around this time that I became frustrated with the one sided classical performance platform and began exploring participatory music making. In the last three years I have been working as a community musician and a musician in critical care in Stepping Hill Hospital , Manchester Royal Infirmary, Wythenshawe Hospital and many other hospitals and care settings across the North West.
In 2018 I completed the week of Musician in Healthcare training course run by OPUS Music CIC and in 2019 I completed a six month Learning & Participation Fellowship with Trinity Laban. I have completed a week of online Neonatal & Environmental Music Therapy with the Beth Israel Music Therapy programme at Mount Sinai in New York, one day of training in Neonatal music therapy with Dr.Jayne Standley, one day Breath, Body, Mind Integration in Palliative care with Kate Binnie (Life of Breath), and an online Singing for Lung Health training course run by Phoene Cave. I am currently studying on an MEd at the Royal College of Music, focusing on developing my academic skills and researching music in critical care. I am a member of the Musicians Union, the British Association of Music Therapists (Associate member), the International Association for Music and Medicine, and the Natural Voice Network.
In 2017 I formed Los Firuletes with Art Bailey and we transcribe and perform music from the Argentinian Tango orchestras of 1890s – 1950s for guitar and bandoneon. In 2017 we performed Piazzolla’s Double Concerto in a public concert at the Royal College of Music and played at the Manchester International Festival. Prior to lockdown we regularly played for Tango societies and the thrill of playing music to a ballroom full of people dancing to our music is one of my happiest musical memories.
In 2019 I formed a jazz trio called Ruby Moon with a formidable jazz singer and great saxophonist, and we perform at weddings and functions.
After gigging nonstop in 2018 with Brazilian choro group, Club do Choro Liverpool, I established Choro Papagaio and duo Papagaio.