Autobiography

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I was born in Huddersfield in 1968 and raised there in a musical family, taking Grade VIII (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of music) on flute age 14 years. After school I studied music and dance at Bretton Hall College doing double composition in my last year as well as piano. After graduating I spent a year in residence at Aklowa, the African Heritage Village before a year in York with music technology. From there I ventured into teacher training at Homerton College Cambridge doing music and English lower secondary but circumstances forced me to go it alone teaching the flute privately instead with a flute teaching diploma from Trinity College London.

I headed back to York and founded Fluters (name of my business supported with a marketing grant from the Prince’s Trust) and York Flute Band (a community music group) eventually working for five years at Stamford Bridge Primary School (state funded school) and The Mount School (Independent school) as a flute teacher. I arranged a concert for my pupils every year at the Friends meeting house choosing a particular genre of music to focus on, like Baroque music and jazz/pop, hiring professional musicians to accompany the children, e.g., teachers from The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. During this time I was principle flautist with Rosa Alba Wind Ensemble, The Carollers folk trio, flautist with Fluterie (flute quintet), and was an invited guest occasionally working in theatre and TV, e.g., The King’s Head Theatre in Islington. I also sang and accompanied myself on the grand piano in the York Assembly Rooms one evening a week.

In York I met my husband and together we moved to Sweden. Here I wrote a musical for school children called The Battle of Stamford Bridge, the Musical and following this, Ramdala, a piece for Brass Band and Ghanaian drums. After taking a pause to start a family, I am currently working at the intersection of music, archaeology and heritage. I help my husband with his encaustic-art-supplies import and sales business, and live in the forest in Småland by Åsnen with him and our two children.

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