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Since 1990 I have been a full-time trumpet player with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Do I like to describe myself as a 'trumpet player'? No - I am a 'musician' and proud of it!
My music making is varied. As well as my classical playing, I am a founder member of the jazz quintet ‘NOT NOW’. In my spare time I play mountain dulcimer and guitar (purely for my own enjoyment) plus I also write and arrange.
Since 1992 I have been teaching at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama – 1 to 1 lessons, ensemble coaching, mentoring, etc. I have also worked for the Junior RWCMD conducting the orchestra, taking master classes and running ‘Jigso’ – a community ensemble for any age, any instrument and any standard. This leads me nicely to my passion – outreach work……
My work with ‘Jigso’ demonstrates my belief that music is for everyone and is most certainly not an elitist activity. The participants of ‘Jigso’ can not only be of any age, standard or instrument, they also don’t have to read music. Over a 3 hour session I help the group to create music that is meaningful to them. My aim is to ‘Inspire and Challenge’ – my personal motto!
‘Inspire and Challenge’ runs through all of my outreach work – hopefully through my entire music making. I was the driving force behind BBC NOW’s innovative concerts for Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing and I have many more ideas as to how music can be used to enhance people’s lives.
It is my goal to ‘inspire and challenge’ others to make music accessible to everyone.