I first heard the clarinet at primary school during a demonstration. I fell in love with the instrument instantly and knew I had to play it.

I went on to play with the county orchestras in Cambridgeshire and have always enjoyed orchestral and chamber music. I loved playing the clarinet but didn’t realise it could be my career until one day my dad told me that I could play the clarinet as my job, so I decided that’s what I would do!

When I was 11, I went to Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester and was totally immersed in music from then on. I was a part of the symphony and chamber orchestras at the school and performed regularly in lunchtime concerts. I was also a member of the National Youth Orchestra. My most memorable experience with the orchestra was performing The Rite of Spring at the BBC proms, conducted by Thomas Adès. This was my first performance at the Royal Albert Hall and it left a huge impression on me.

I attended Guildhall School of Music for my degree, studying with the incredible clarinettist Andrew Marriner. I learnt so much from Andrew and always found my lessons hugely inspiring, he motivated me to be the musician I am today. I also attended GSMD for my postgraduate, studying Orchestral Artistry in association with the London Symphony Orchestra. I learnt a lot from my studies at Guildhall and found it particularly rewarding rehearsing side by side with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Since leaving Guildhall I have worked with the Hungarian Radio Orchestra in Budapest, performing Gotterdammerung and Die Walküre from Wagner’s Ring Cycle. I’ve also performed with the Britten Sinfonia and the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra. Working with these professional orchestras is definitely a dream come true.