Throughout her life, Frances has always been actively involved in music. Since starting to play the recorder, piano and violin as a youngster, as well as singing in the church choir, she has constantly been a member of at least one choir or orchestra, performing in concerts being a regular feature in her life. She has played viola in Woking Symphony Orchestra since 2002, particularly enjoying the annual children’s concert each January. She thoroughly enjoys opportunities for occasional ad hoc string quartetting.
Her musical hobby has proved to have a huge overlap with her career as a primary school teacher, as Frances has been put in charge of music at each school she has worked in, putting on shows, running choirs and mixed bands at every opportunity, from Cheshire to Essex, Ecuador and back to Surrey! Sharing and inspiring a love of music has been of paramount importance throughout her teaching career of over 25 years. The search for a top quality introduction to music led Frances to take her pre-school daughter to the Len Tyler Music School, now Vivace, which in turn has led to a growing interest in the Kodály approach.
Frances now combines teaching primary class music with teaching piano and pre-school music, the ideal combination for keeping her on her musical toes!