There are many people who have inspired and encouraged me through the years. They have passed on their knowledge and expertise with patience and understanding. This is my acknowledgement to them for all they have given to me.
Faith Whiteley - violin teacher at the Menuhin School, my first violin teacher. Maria Lidke - violin teacher at the Royal College of Music. My second violin teacher. Maria Donska - wonderful pianist, a pupil of Schnabel and the most awe inspiring musician to discover Brahms with. Alan Rowlands - Piano teacher at the Royal College of Music. My favourite piano teacher, who really pushed me. The Delme String Quartet - excellent chamber music coaches. The Chilingirian String Quartet - lovely players and lovely people. Pro Corda - the National Association of Young Chamber Music Players. Invaluable experience and training. Paul Hale - director of the Tudor Consort, who introduced me to madrigals. Amadeus String Quartet - the greatest string quartet, and my heroes. An honour to study with them. Manny Hurwitz - violin teacher at the Royal Academy of Music. The most sublime violinist, and chamber musician, and a wonderful, kind gentle man. I could not receive a better compliment than to be told I sounded like Manny. Peter Sheppard - another extraordinary violinist who started the Parnassus String Ensemble, and asked me to be a founding member. Peter Mapleson - musical director, conductor, author, pianist. A wonderfully funny and talented musician, who believed in me. Phil Hartl - the best violinist I have worked with. So versatile and knowledgeable. I learned so much watching him work. Will Ackerman and Corin Nelson - for bringing out the best improvisations in me, and honouring the sound of the instrument. Fiona Joy Hawkins - composer of stunningly beautiful music, who pushes me out of my comfort zone! A wonderful musician and friend. John Lennon - for just being. and Lawrie, my beautiful husband, who supports, encourages and inspires me to be a better person.