Born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, I began playing
the violin at the age of six first under the guidance of my
father, an amateur violinist, and then with local teacher, Vanna Brown, of Bexleyheath, Kent. I later went on to study at
the London Royal Academy of Music with Joan Rochford-Davies when I was a junior and then when a full-time student with Frederick Grinke. One year in Paris
with René Benedetti completed the fifteen years of studies.
Vanna Brown (1905-2003), Joan Rochford-Davies, Frederick Grinke (1911-1987) and René Benedetti (1901-1975).