I was a comparatively late starter in music: at secondary school I was so fortunate to have a wonderfully inspirational teacher who helped me to discover for myself the inexhaustible treasure that is music. I went on to study music at university and my subsequent musical career has included teaching, improvisation, composition, jazz, folk music, and of course, classical music performance.
I’m grateful to have had a second career in mental health nursing. I worked in the NHS for many years, retiring 10 years ago. There, I found that my musical background was an invaluable personal resource: as a therapist, in listening and responding, and from group music-making, a sensitivity to the requirements for effective multidisciplinary team membership and leadership.
I’m now back to full-time music, although long-distance cycling, yoga, and looking after my young grandson are also all important calls on my time!