Born in 2000, I have neuro fibromatosis type 1. At the age of two, I was diagnosed with an optic nerve glioma. Although I consequently underwent my first course of chemotherapy, (I had my second aged eight), I lost my sight completely.
I am currently taking Music, Philosophy, English Literature and Latin at A level. Afterwards, I hope either to study music at the University of Cambridge, specialising in composition and the philosophy of music, or at the Royal Northern College of Music as a principal study composer. I then wish to pursue a career as a composer and possibly a musicologist.
Following a couple of auditions, in 2015-2016, I was accepted to join the Aldeburgh Young Musicians scheme, specialising in Composition. This is a highly competitive scheme and a Centre for Advanced Training. I have recently had to relinquish my place in the scheme as I have been accepted by the London Junior Conservatoires such as the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama to study Composition as First Study and Recorder as Second Study. I have accepted the offer from the Royal College of Music in London and am now studying Composition with Simon Speare (supported by a very generous Humphrey Searle scholarship, for which I am extremely grateful) and Recorder with Sarah Humphrys. (www.ensemblemeridiana.com, www.fontanella.co.uk.) Following an audition in October 2016 with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, out of hundreds of applicants, I was successful in gaining a place as one of their 6 composers. I am working with 5 other composers under the tutelage of Larry Goves and Laurie Thompkins.
I was a Chorister in the Girls’ Choir of Great St Mary’s University Church in Cambridge between 2009 until 2014 and I sang in Kings Junior Voices Choir between 2009 and 2015. I have also been a member of the National Youth Recorder Orchestra since 2012. In November 2015, I received my first commission to write a piece for the November Cambridge Music Festival in which my piece, Phantom, was performed at the Cambridge Guildhall. You can find a recording of Phantom in the Composer's section. In April 2016, I was commissioned to work with the Britten Sinfonia and was asked to compose a piece live on stage during one of their concerts in Cambridge. I received a third commission in November 2016 by the Cambridge Composers’ network and my piece Reverie was performed in Jesus College Chapel, Cambridge, as part of the November Cambridge Music Festival. During an NYO spring residency in April 2017, I wrote Patient Birds for the Brass and wind section of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. A score and recording of Patient Birds will soon be added to the Composer section. As a result of my winning the Classic FM/Royal Philarmonic Society 25th Birthday Commission prize in April 2017, I have been commissioned to write a piece for some of the musicians from the Royal Liverpool Philarmonic Orchestra. My piece will be recorded live and broadcast on Classic FM later on in the year. More details will be added to the Composer section soon.
Here you will find a recent article written about me in the Amber Trust website. I am extremely grateful to the Amber Trust for their very generous ongoing financial support over the past 7 years with my recorder lessons.