I was born in Scotland and began my musical training at the Royal Scottish Academy in Glasgow as a clarinetist playing solos and touring with the Strathclyde Schools' Symphony Orchestra and various concert bands.
I began my singing journey studying with Pamela Cook MBE at the Birmingham Conservatoire. Following this I studied with John Mitchinson and took the postgraduate Opera performance course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
I was invited to attend the International Opera Academy in Gent in Belgium where I worked with eminent international conductors, directors and world-class coaches including Pietro Rizzo (Metropolitan Opera New York, Helsinki, Gothenburg) and Friedrich Gurtler (Gothenburg, Royal Danish Academy).
On returning to the UK I worked closely with the renowned Wagnerian soprano Linda Esther Gray and I am so very grateful to her for passing on the knowledge and passion for singing she received from Dame Eva Turner.
Some of my memorable performance experiences include: Tamino, The Magic Flute, conducted by Anthony Negus; Carmen and sponsors' Galas (Clonter Opera); Otello (English National Opera); Fierrabras (Buxton Festival Opera), Cavardossi, Tosca and Otello, Otello conducted by Pietro Rizzo and performing as guest soloist on the Harry Secombe Highway programme.
I have also sung as a soloist in Radio 3 performances, as a repeat guest at the Gent International Music Festival and as a soloist in performances of The Messiah in Brussels with the orchestra of La Monnaie.