I began playing the flute and recorder at the age of 9, at 10 I took up the bassoon and at 12 piano. I entered Chetham's School when I was 16, with the bassoon as my principal study instrument where I learnt with Graham Salvage and Steve Magee. Here I passed my DipABRSM and A Levels, did aurul and theory work and continued my keyboard studies .
In 2003 I entered the Royal College of Music in London as a Foundation Scholar, learning with Martin Gatt , Sarah Burnett, Julie Price and Nick Hunka. Here I played in numerous orchestras, chamber groups and solo concert and also undertook other academic and theoretical work. I also continued to play flute and piano. I graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Music (Hons) degree. I continued for one more year at the RCM on the Postgraduate Diploma course before going to Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague (Netherlands) for further study. Since graduating I have played professionally with a number of orchestras, including the Halle Orchestra in Manchester, and am a current member Southbank Sinfonia.