I grew up in the south of England and came to Leeds in 1997 to go to university.
I trained as a nurse and then went out to nurse in Mozambique for nearly 10 years before returning to Leeds in 2010. I currently work as a health visitor.
I started playing the flute when I was about 9. I used to watch the young musician of the year as this inspired me to want to play the flute (I think it was the beautiful ball gowns the girls used to wear!) As a teenager I played in the area schools wind band which was lots of fun. I took my flute back to Mozambique for the last couple of years I was there, and played duets with another ex-pat - he played cello - it was very surreal culturally. Since then, I've dabbled in playing with church worship bands.
I joined Tutti just over a year ago and was thrilled to play the English Folk Song Suite again bringing back very happy memories of reaching the Boosey & Hawkes National finals and playing on stage at Manchester College of music back in the mid 1990s!
I love playing with others and having a couple of hours on a Saturday morning just for me. It is a mental distraction from all the cares of home and work and I leave feeling refreshed yet positively challenged.
Through this time of not being able to play together I have enjoyed getting to know other band members via our zoom rehearsals but am missing the tea and cake!