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I began playing violin at school when I was 11 and joined ESO in 2012. I played in the City of Coventry Youth Orchestra for 3 years and come from a family of musicians where, besides me, there are currently 3 other ‘active‘ violinists. I chose the violin because I could take it with me to college (not as easy to carry a piano in a backpack). My favourite composer is Mozart. When I began the violin my dad gave me a black and white A2 sized poster of Mozart. It had belonged to him when he was a medical student. Mozart wrote so much at such a young age. Who knows what other things he may have written had he survived longer. My favourite pieces by Mozart are The Marriage of Figaro and the Queen of the Night Aria from the Magic Flute. Violin Concerto No. 3 comes a very close second. Another favourite work is Beethoven's Violin Concerto which I heard played for the first time at the Barbican many years ago by Kyung Wha Chung.

I also play Tennis (a different set of strings) and belong to Crowstone & St. Saviour's Tennis Club in Southend. I’ve been to all 4 Grand Slam events as a spectator and I saw Great Britain win the trophy at the Davis Cup Final in Belgium. My favourite players are Petra Kvitová and Rafael Nadal. I was a Games Maker at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and have carried the Olympic legacy forward locally as Event Director of Hadleigh parkrun (Hadleigh was the 2012 Olympic mountain bike venue). I am also a volunteer for the 2017 World Athletics Championships in London. I raise money for charities through running and although not a fast runner  ̶  my pace is usually somewhere near turtle speed  ̶  I have run the Royal Parks Half Marathon on 2 occasions. No one however will ever be able to talk me into running a full marathon even though they have tried!