MUSIC ⁞ TECHNOLOGY ⁞ ADVENTURE
After picking up the violin at the age of four, music became a major part of my life. Studying at Music College and then playing professionally right across the industry for many years, I relished the opportunities to play with some of the best musicians in the world.
From the concert hall to arenas, television to film, my continuous strive for perfection was well suited to the industry’s demand for exceptional accuracy and attention to detail. And my professional attitude, emotional intelligence and integrity where crucial qualities for working and traveling with an incredibly diverse range of people across numerous disciplines.
Still playing daily, I offer a select few violin lessons, aimed at those who are passionate about music and are looking to enhance their playing by working at the finer details of violin playing.
Combining this knowledge with the highly detailed and professional standards that I was used to working to in the music industry, in the last couple of years I have supported a Creative Digital across numerous projects and have led the design and ideation of a new platform aimed at improving the way that entrepreneurs and teams work together to get new ideas off the ground.
World's Highest Violinist
Motivated by unique challenges and with a passion for music and adventure, for many years I had held a vision of playing the violin on top of a mountain. So when I was planning an ascent of Imja Tse, just to the south of Mount Everest in the Himalayas, and was challenged to take my violin to the summit, I wondered if I could actually pull it off. With the trip almost upon me it was certainly going to be a challenge, but after a quick flick through the record books, I discovered that if I succeeded, I would break the record for the world’s highest ever concert on land.
After flying into the mountains via the infamous Lukla air strip, a couple of weeks trekking and acclimatising to the altitude, I arrived at the base camp for Imja Tse along with a team of others. Setting out at 2am in the dark two days later, we headed to the top with a day’s supplies and a violin donated for the trip. As the sun rose we reached the foot of the glacier, where after fixing crampons on a narrow ridge, we headed over and around the crevasses to the foot of a large ice wall.
Now divided into two groups, unfortunately it was here that a major problem arose. As the first half of the group headed up the ice, another climbing team found themselves coming down on the same rope. By the time everybody had negotiated each other and the second climbing team had cleared the ice wall, the first group in my team had already summited and needed to come down. As Guinness World Records required an audience of ten, sadly it meant that there would not be enough people to watch me in order to claim the record. Having come this far though, I still headed up the knife edge ridge to the summit at 6,189m (20,305ft) to complete the challenge, raising money for The Classic FM Foundation. And though the highest concert has now been set at 6,654m, I remain the only violinist to have performed at such an altitude on land.
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