I came to the Alexander Technique primarily to help with performance issues as a professional horn player. I realised that the technique could help me in many more ways than I’d imagined, so I decided to train as a teacher. After graduating from Fellside Alexander School, Kendal, in 1990, I was invited to become a member of staff, specialising in performance and voice studies. Soon after, I began working at Manor House NHS Surgery in Glossop & building up my private practices.
I work individually with members of the Hallé Orchestra and give group workshops and individual lessons with members of the BBC Philharmonic. For many years I have worked with Sir Mark Elder, music director of the the Hallé. I have run workshops and given lectures to students at the Royal College of Music in London, the Royal Northern College of Music, Leeds College of Music and am currently a member of staff at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester.
In 2001 and 2006 I gave presentations to the International Conference of Alexander Teachers working with Musicians and regularly give presentations at conferences organised by STAT. In 1998 I began to be interested in the Buteyko Method and qualified as a practitioner In June 2006.
I still perform on the french horn, compose and arrange music for Whaley Choir, as well as being its music director and conductor. I also recently conducted the High Peak Orchestra. To all these musical pursuits I find the practical application of the Alexander Technique continues to inspire and inform my ability to perform.
While much of my work is with musicians, in my private practices in Whaley Bridge and Manchester City Centre I see people who have nothing to do with music or the performing arts. They range in age from children to those of more mature years and from all manner of occupations.