I started learning how to play the piano when I was seven years old.

As I advanced through the grades I ended up with a beautiful mahogany Yamaha U1 upright, which I sadly had to sell after I moved away to start studying.

Although I stopped taking lessons when I was seventeen, I still regularly play on my beloved Casio WK-3000 keyboard which I’ve had for over ten years, and took with me on my move to Lancaster.

I can’t imagine myself ever replacing it (you can see me playing it here and here). Before I stopped taking lessons, I passed my Grade 5 practical and theory exams, unlocking the door for one day returning to take on Grades 6, 7 and 8 – although this is something of a distant dream.

While studying as an undergraduate, I was lucky enough to have a friend who was studying music at Lancaster, and needed to record someone playing the piano as an assessment for one of their modules. I offered to help them out and the result is a recording of me playing one of my favourite songs for piano – “Le Onde” by Ludovico Einaudi.