A passion for music and a wish to combine my love of playing the violin with the creative and artistic energies of instrument-making led me to The Newark School of Violin Making. Here, I graduated with an Upper Merit and was awarded the Benslow Music Trust Prize.
On completion of my training, I returned to Scotland and soon after, moved to the beautiful Island of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides to set up my workshop. Inspired by the classical Italian masters, I concentrate on making new violins, violas and cellos using traditional techniques, as well as undertaking restorations and repairs. Whether as a player or a violin maker, I look forward to each new instrument and discovering its potential in the hands of the most discerning musicians.
In 2006, I was invited to join Violin Makers Scotland (VMS), a small group of professionally trained and highly respected contemporary makers of fine instruments living and working in Scotland. We regularly exhibit our work at music events, festivals and shows and hold an annual Showcase event at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. This features a concert with a varied programme played entirely on a selection of new instruments made by members of Violin Makers Scotland. There is also ample opportunity to meet the makers and try out a wide range of violins, violas and cellos over the course of the weekend.