I was born in England in 1969 and grew up in Plymouth in the south of England. My mum was a nurse and my dad an electrician in the Royal Navy. Both of my parents were musicians, mum played piano and dad played clarinet. Some of my earliest memories are of sitting around the lounge room with my dad as a toddler listening to recordings of Andres Segovia, Julian Bream and John Williams. I fell in love with sound and beauty of the guitar in those early days.
At the age of four I somehow managed to convince my parents that I wanted to play guitar. My parents found an excellent teacher - David Bowler, who was a former pupil of Len Williams - father of John Williams and founder of ‘The Spanish Guitar Centre” in London.
In 1980 my family emigrated to Australia. My father Les had just finished 22 years in the Royal Navy and dreamed of a better life for his three sons. After graduating high school, I completed my Diploma in Applied Science (Nursing) at Wollongong University and then went on to study music performance in Sydney at The Australian Institute of Music.
I currently teach guitar at Wollongong Conservatorium of Music. Prior to this appointment I held teaching positions at the Australian Institute of Music and Santa Sabina College in Sydney and as a guitar tutor for undergraduate students at the University of New South Wales.
Teaching younger guitarists is of particular interest to me. I strongly believe in developing an efficient technique with my students. Using the body well results in freedom of movement with minimal effort, which ultimately results in freedom of musical expression.
I regularly perform for Corporate events and functions some of which include; Mercedes Benz, Emirates Airlines, Fox Studios Sydney, Wollongong City Council, Illawarra Retirement Trust, Wollongong University, Illawarra Folk Festival, Amaya Flamenco, Wollongong City Gallery, countless weddings across NSW and overseas. Solo recitals here in Australia as well as France, the UK and the USA.
I was recently appointed an ambassador for Altamira guitars.