Photograph: Robert Workman



I think it's fair to say that I was a bit of a late starter as a musician. I began my musical training at the age of 10 as a trumpet player, and if I am truly honest, it really wasn’t the most auspicious start. However, hard work does pay off, and by the time I left the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where I studied as an undergraduate in the brass department, I was a successful tuba player, winning several prizes, and representing the RCS in the LASMOSTAFFA prize. I gained a BMus with honours degree in the first class.

It was during this time I began to develop an interest in singing, and was active in the choirs at the RCS. I started studying singing as a second discipline with the tenor Ian Thompson, and latterly Peter Alexander Wilson. On their advice I auditioned at the London music schools as a postgraduate student. To my utter surprise I gained scholarship places to all the music schools, and decided to attend the Royal College of Music and study with the tenor, Ryland Davies.

My time at the RCM was a happy one , and I was fortunate to gain a lot of the necessary singing experience that I lacked, along with many external and internal performing opportunities. I remained at the RCM for 4 years, and was the recipient of many scholarships including Countess of Munster Musical TrustMusicians Benevolent FundScottish International Education Trust, and Caird Scholarships. I was also the first winner of the Prices Prize from The Worshipful Company of Musiciansthe Samling Foundation and one of the first recipients of a Susan Chillcott Scholarship.

Since leaving the RCM, I have been a busy and in-demand singer. With my manager's help, we have managed to combine a busy career of both staged opera and concert platform work. Also a variety of styles: not only the Baroque, which forms the bedrock of my career, but all the way through Classical and bel canto, to modern works. This is really important to me. The variety is what keeps me inspired, and it was absolutely by design that my diary is like this.