Biography

Anna enjoys a busy career as a free-lance violinist. She has been invited to perform with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, English Symphony Orchestra and Welsh Chamber Orchestra among many others. Crossover work has included National Symphony Orchestra with artists such as Katherine Jenkins, Russell Watson and Catrin Finch. Recording work has included albums for singer songwriters David Jenkins and Coyote Grove, and for composer Dom Mason.

Pit orchestra work has taken Anna to major theatres and venues across the UK, such as The New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre and Buxton Opera House.

 

Having been born into a family of professional musicians, Anna started her studies at an early age. She studied violin with Malcolm Latchem of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and with David Gregory of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. As an student, she played with The English Mozart Players and also appeared as a soloist on BBC radio 2.

 

Anna is the founder and leader of new chamber orchestra, Central England Camerata, which stages musical events in partnership with charitable causes such as Oxfam, the Spinal Injuries Association, Mary Steven's Hospice, Christian Aid and the NSPCC. The orchestra also regularly accompanies choral societies in performances of great choral classics. For more information please click here.

 

Anna is an active recitalist and works extensively as part of the Amabile Trio with Duncan Honeybourne (pianist) and Joanne Jefferis (cellist). Recently they have given recitals in the Lumby Room at the Elgar School of Music in Worcester, Wednesbury Art Gallery, Peterborough Cathedral, The Bay Theatre in Weymouth, and Worcester Cathedral, performing Mendelssohn's D minor Trio, and giving the world premiere  of Andrew Downes Sonata for Violin, Cello and Piano.  Anna also gives regular violin and piano recitals as part of the Himley Duo with pianist Tony Bridgewater, at the Lion Ballroom in Leominster as part of the Espressivo Concert Series, at St Martin's in the Bullring, Birmingham, Carrs Lane Church, Birmingham, St Mary Magdelene Church in Bridgnorth, St Alphege's Church in Solihull and St Andrew's Church in Rugby.

 

In addition to performing commitments, Anna is an experienced teacher and adjudicator, and is Director of Music at Old Swinford Hospital, a state boarding school in Stourbridge, West Midlands. She has been invited to adjudicate for Northfield Festival, Solihull Festival, Dudley Young Musician, Winterfold House Instrumentalists' Competition, West House School Music Prize, Central England Ensemble Concerto Competition and The Andrew Downes Performance Prize at Birmingham Conservatoire.

 

In 2001 Anna founded Central England Ensemble which is made up of postgraduate musicians, music students and other talented musicians. The group has two main aims: to promote the music of Midlands' composers and to provide a high standard performance platform for young talented musicians in the area. Since its conception CEE has performed over eighty concerts with a work by a Midlands based composer in each one. The orchestra has also toured in Northern Germany and in Paris, giving concerts in prestigious venues such as La Madeleine and the American Cathedral. The orchestra also runs its own Concerto Competition which has attracted over 100 entrants from all UK music colleges, and abroad, since the inaugural competition in 2008.

 

In January 2015, Anna was invited to a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in recognition of her outstanding contribution to community music. In 2018, she was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts.

 

In addition to this, as a former leader of  Midland Youth Orchestra (2000-2003), and recipient of the James Langley Memorial Award (2000), Anna is a Trustee of the James Langley Memorial Trust.

 

Anna lives in Worcestershire with her husband, Mike, and two very lively young sons, Oscar and Maxwell.

 

 

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