I Studied at the Royal College of Music, London (1973-76), where I Won the Cobbett and Hurlstone Prize for chamber music composition. I also held two resident string quartet positions, being also a founder member of the Menuhin Foundation of Bermuda. I Joined the Halle Orchestra in 1979, defected to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in 1983, left the BBC in 2007. I am now principal viola of the Welsh Sinfonia, and have more time to devote to chamber music, composing and arranging. While at the BBC, I formed a viola quartet called 'ABSOLUTE ZERO' (yes, honestly!) in 1995 - we're still going strong and have a world-wide following. As well as recitals, the quartet has hosted a number of massed viola workshops - amazing fun! A varied selection of our work has now been recorded on a unique CD, click on the 'Absolute Zero Viola Quartet' Web link if you'd like to learn more. Much of our original viola quartet repertoire is available here on the Score Exchange site - do take a look, some of it is free, and they are not all as hard as they seem. If you are interested in viola quartets I'd be fascinated to hear from you.