Shortly after this, my parents decided to move to Eastbourne, where I continued with both music and drama studies, studying the 'cello outside of school and performing in school musicals. After my GCSEs, I went on to study English Literature, Psychology and Drama at A-level, performing Ophelia in ‘Hamlet’ and competing in a National Shakespeare competition.
Although I wanted to study Drama and English Literature, I was advised to take double Music A-level in a gap year and, from there, I was advised to go to Trinity College of Music to study a BMus in Cello and Piano. Two of my 'cello teachers during this period were taught by William Pleeth, who taught the legendary Jacqueline du Pré. The BMus at TCM taught me the principles of Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Kodaly, and Alexander Technique, along with performance skills, composition, improvisation, the history of music and pedagogy. Unfortunately, two years into the course, I had to leave due to physical health issues.
Returning to Eastbourne, I was approached for 'cello lessons both privately and at local public schools, so I set up a practice, attaining a Certificate of Teaching with the Associated Boards of the Royal Schools of Music. Since 1999, I have been teaching the 'cello and piano peripatetically while raising my family, running workshops, concerts, orchestras, string ensembles and choirs.
A period of illness between 2009-2014 saw me housebound and bed-bound, reducing my ability to teach outside the home. As I faced the possibility of never being able to play again, I completed an English Literature degree, returning to my first academic love.
Now fully recovered, I joined Drop Dead Films in 2017 to help produce their first feature film ’13 Graves’, an independent horror film. Seeing the film from its crowdfunding, pre-production, unit production management, and post-production, I have assisted at every step of its creation in both a logistical and in a minorly creative capacity. In 2018, director/writer/producer John Langridge asked me to continue working with Drop Dead Films as the Head of Production. In August 2019, I completed a MA in Cultural and Creative Industries at Sussex University.
Inspired to write about real inspirational women who transgressed patriarchal dictats, ’Diamond Alice’ is my first public writing endeavour.
I live in Eastbourne, Sussex, with my husband, Gino Isaacs (a video editor and guitarist of Thee Headshrinkers) and our two children, who live with Autism. I also have a daughter at university and a son at college.
I was born in 1975 in London, England, and grew up in my father’s advertising photography studio in the West End, professionally modelling from six months old in advertisements and fashion shows.
When I was 8, I began taking lessons with Joy Blech, daughter of Harry Blech, the founder of the London Mozart Players. At around this time, I also saw my first RSC production of Shakespeare, and that was it - I wanted to be a Shakespearean tragedy actor. I continued taking drama and piano classes, and at 12, performed Carmina Burana with Michael Palin narrating, and sang in the children's chorus for a year in a production of ‘Carmen’ with the English National Opera.
When the time came for me to take the dreaded Grade V theory exam, I impetuously decided piano was not for me, and took up the 'cello instead, taking my Grade II 'cello after two months. (It sounds impressive, but I'd had a big head start in learning the piano for a few years and the violin for a few months!)