I first had Alexander Technique lessons at music college and loved how it made me feel so light, free, and energised.
Later, I returned to the Technique after experiencing a lot of neck and shoulder tension whilst playing my cello in orchestras. This continual discomfort had begun to threaten my career as a professional musician. The Alexander lessons I had at this time gradually enabled me to help myself; I became aware of habitual patterns of tension, made a choice to deal with them, and had the tools to do so.
The experience was life changing, and in 2008 I decided to embark on a full time three year training course at the Bristol Alexander School. I qualified in summer 2011, became a teaching member of STAT (the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique)*.
I now teach AT in Somerset to fellow musicians and anyone else who would like to become more self-aware in order to prevent harmful postural habits. I offer a bespoke mobile AT service to individuals and groups in their home or place of work.
I trained at the Royal Academy of Music (professional performer’s course certificate, LRAM) and the National Centre for Orchestral Studies (Goldsmiths) gaining a Diploma with Distinction.
Whilst living in Glasgow I taught at Hutcheson’s Grammar and at annual cello conventions, as well as coaching the cello section of Merchant Sinfonia and taking part in numerous BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra outreach projects including teaching in Orkney primary schools, at Sistema in Raploch, Stirling, working with the Scottish Ensemble and Come and Play days coaching young cellists.
My playing experience includes 24 years with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as well as numerous chamber music concerts over the years including with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, work with CBSO, Bristol Ensemble and quartet engagements with Bristol String Quartet and Bath Philharmonic.
I now teach cello to pupils of all ages in Bristol and Somerset.
* What being a teaching member of STAT means …
I am a teaching member of STAT and can use the letters “MSTAT” after my name. This means that I have successfully completed an approved three-year training course, I am required to adhere to STAT’s published Code of Professional Conduct and Competence, I have a CRB Enhanced Disclosure, and I am covered by professional indemnity insurance.
Get in touch
To book a lesson or find out more please call me on 07968 333464. You can also email me using my contact form.