Attended Tiverton High School:  1993 - 1998

Job Title.

Planning Manager (Classical Programme) at Sage Gateshead

Pathway / Route.

I did a BMus degree at Cardiff (graduating 2004).  On graduation I got a job as a legal secretary, ending up working in a blue chip firm in London.  Alongside that I continued to play and sing, and put together orchestras for amateur shows.  Those experiences combined meant I had all the right skills to start at Sage Gateshead as Orchestra Manager for Royal Northern Sinfonia six years ago.  I then moved into the concerts management section, and now work on the advance planning (artist and repertoire, scheduling) of the complete classical programme as well as on the ground managing all non RNS classical...



Attended Tiverton High School 2000-2005

Pathway / Route.
Around age 16/17 I volunteered for a few terms at a couple of local primary schools and taught the flute to classes of up to seven children at a time - this led to paid work, and to an increase in private pupils. I then studied for a diploma in piano performance with a professor at Exeter University, and joined an orchestra in London as a flautist. I now work in some local schools and have a full schedule of private teaching.

Best thing about your job/working within the music industry.
I am able to do something I love everyday, along with seeing my students succeed in their music exams and become good musicians.

Worst thing about your job/working within the music industry.

Attended Tiverton High School 1986-1991


Pathway / Route.


- A Levels

-  Year Out

- University of Keele (First Class Hons Music and Psychology Degree, Certificate of Education) (4 yrs)

-  Teaching/Head of Psychology in a secondary comprehensive school (3 yrs)

-  Postgraduate study at the Royal College of Music (PG Cert Performance, PG Dip Perf; Concert - Distinction, PG Dip Perf; Opera - Distinction, PG Dip in Advanced Perf; Opera - Distinction) (4 yrs)

-  Glyndebourne Opera Chorus/Undertaking some freelance work as soloist

- Freelance Singer (Principal Roles/Concert Soloist)


Best thing about your job/working within the music industry.

I am very fortunate to be doing what I love for a living. It’s the only way to...

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