I began playing the flute in school, and subsequently studied music at the University of Huddersfield, studying flute with Alan Lockwood, and becoming principal flute in a number of ensembles . During this time I was also a member of the Huddersfield Choral Society. After graduating with a 2:1 honours in my BMus, I spent a year working at a methodist boarding school as a music assistant, gaining experience of music teaching. Then I undertook my masters studies in flute performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, finishing with a distinction in performance. I studied with Phillipa Russell, Jonathan Burgess and Roger Armstrong on flute, and Liz May and Nicola Dowton on piccolo. I also took part in masterclasses with Karen Jones and Pat Bennett, and performance coaching sessions with John Reynolds, Meyrick Alexander and Sarah Newbold. The course included training in chamber and orchestral playing as well as solo playing, and I was principal flute of both the wind orchestra and the symphony orchestra, as well as playing in a flute quartet where all four players represented different countries. In 2007 I was one of only 25 players from around the world to be selected to perform in the Sir James Galway International Flute Masterclass, and in 2008 I came third in the Needham Piccolo Prize, run by the British Flute Society. In 2011 I won second prize in the Alexander Buono International Flute Competition, and became a Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music. In the past year I have begun working with the Welsh Sinfonia, a professional chamber orchestra based in Cardiff, and I also performed J.S. Bach's 5th Brandenburg Concerto and B Minor Suite for Flute and Orchestra as part of the concert series and festival at St. Edward's Church in Cardiff.
In 2010 I got involved with the Welsh Factor competitions for performing arts, which sparked an interest in playing popular songs and show songs in arrangements designed to show off the flute at its best. I created these arrangements myself, and now combine them with the standard flute repertoire. My performances are designed to suit the context that I am performing in, so a classical recital will observe normal recital etiquette, while a performance of popular repertoire in a more informal environment will be more relaxed and will encourage the audience to be more relaxed as well.