I graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire with a BMus and MA in musical performance in 2000. During my time at Birmingham Conservatoire I performed in masterclasses with Raphael Wallfisch, Colin Carr and Moray Welsh as well as participating in workshops with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Mark Elder and Pinchas Zukermann.
As a busy freelance musician I am lucky enough to perform with professional ensembles including the English Symphony Orchestra, ESO String Quartet as part of the Elgar festival, Amabile Trio and Croome Ensemble. Recent engagements include: Recording a new Elgar arrangement with English Symphony Orchestra, performing as a Soloist with Worcester Cathedral Chamber Choir on 'Hodie' CD, soloist at Witley Court recital, soloist with Elgar Chorale in Malvern Priory. I am also the principal Cellist of the Central England Camerata which recently performed in Birmingham Cathedral.
I am also able to provide professional players as orchestral / chamber ensemble accompaniment for choral societies and choirs, recent bookings include 'Passio' with the Worcester Cathedral Chamber Choir and 'A Haydn Concert' with Bewdley Choral society. Please visit my ' Bring the Strings' page for more information.
Five years ago I formed my string quartet 'VLO' to perform for recording sessions,events and functions. If you are looking for a string quartet or smaller ensemble for a wedding or party please visit the 'VLO String Quartet' page.
As a dedicated and enthusiastic cello teacher I have a successful private practice and also teach at independent schools as well as for Worcestershire Youth Music and was Cello teacher at The Elgar School of Music for 17 years. In addition to this I also organise and direct courses throughout the year specifically aimed at adult enthusiasts. Cello Days and Chamber Music days are regular events which are becoming very popular with musicians looking for a relaxed day to enjoy making music with like minded people. Lunch is included and the cake is delicious! Please visit my 'Teaching' page for more details or contact me directly.
I am currently enjoying playing an English cello circa. 1790.