2015… Happy New Year!

Hello and Happy New Year to you all!

I’m about to being my penultimate term at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (that’s term 11/12, whoosh) and I just thought I’d update you all on the stance of my auditions – I’m pleased to announce that I’ve been put through to the second and final round of auditions for Manhattan School of Music for a Masters in performance! This means January is going to be an incredibly hectic month, preparing for my last video audition, however I’m really hoping it will all pay off and in a few months time I’ll be frantically flat-and-job-hunting in New York *holds back squeals of excitement*!

So please do excuse me if I seem a little stressed or rushed off my feet; I aim to be as relaxed as possible and really enjoy this experience :)

Hoping you’ve had a nice winter break and have a jam-packed January on the way! (Finally, here’s a photo of my friends and I tucking into a good pub Christmas dinner!)

Busy busy busy! (And Saint-Saëns)


Can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve had a chance to post on here. I’ve been swept away in my final year of Music College! How the time has flown.

I’m currently very busy practicing and rehearsing for my upcoming Postgraduate auditions (eek!). And whilst I’m here and on the topic, I’d like to introduce you to an incredible piece that I stumbled upon (and am playing for my auditions!). Did you know Saint-Saëns wrote a Violin Sonata? Well actually, he wrote two! So here’s a lovely rendition of the first movement from his Violin Sonata No.1 in D Minor (Op. 75).

I’m also playing the first and second movements of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor, Sarasate’s Zapateado and Bach – a lot of!

Hopefully, come Christmas, I’ll have a bit more time to find something exciting to write about – but for now I hope this video is enough!

Until then!

Giggin 4 Good – When You Wish Upon A Star

On an incredibly sunny Sunday 18th May 2014, I participated in what can only be described as the best charity concert I’ve yet to be involved in!

Under the musical direction of Marc McBride, myself and the rest of the 10-piece band accompanied some fabulous West End singers for a wonderful evening of Disney music in St Pauls (The Actor’s Church), Covent Garden.

We managed to raise £2,760.94 for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Here’s a show reel -

Thank you to Kris Rawlinson for letting me know about the opportunity to participate in this event and to Marc McBride and Nick Len for composing some incredible arrangements. I really hope I can help out again in the future!

Check out Giggin4Good’s website (click here)

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