Autumn is starting its colourful entrance, especially with the weather, and with Autumn comes the new academic year.

Over the summer months I’ve enjoyed lots of time at the piano and researching, as well as preparing new schemes of work for the Royal Birmingham Junior Conservatoire academic teaching provision. I’ve had a number of Conservatoire students continue lessons through the summer months too, advanced harmony and analysis as well as listening skills and style composition, it’s so great to see student enthusiasm and love of music.

The new academic year signals new possibilities and exciting adventures. My oldest nephew is moving to the preschool class, whilst my godson and goddaughter are starting secondary and primary school respectively. For me, it’s the start of my exciting new job and an example of when dreams become reality.

A bit of backstory: in September 2001 I started as a student at the Birmingham Junior Conservatoire, where I met some of the most fantastic teachers. Teachers who nurtured my love of music, showed me what it meant to have a portfolio career, and I decided that I wanted to be a university lecturer combining my love of academic music and performance (I was about 13 years old at the time). Now, in September 2020, I’m embarking on a fantastic adventure and chapter as a permanent part-time Lecturer in Classical Performance at the University of Liverpool, combining it with my work at the Royal Birmingham Junior Conservatoire and freelance projects.

Hard work, perseverance, tenacity, with a pinch of luck too – dreams do become reality. Here’s to the new academic year, and all the possibilities it has to offer.

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