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Having been born into a family of professional musicians, Anna started her studies at an early age. In 1998, after receiving lessons from Malcolm Latchem of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, she graduated from the University of Exeter with an honours degree in music. As an student, she played with the English Mozart Players and also appeared as a soloist on BBC Radio 2. On returning to the Midlands, Anna studied violin with David Gregory of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra for a number of years.

Anna enjoys a busy career as a freelance violinist. Between 1998 and 2005 she played regularly with Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra and Queen's Park Sinfonia. More recently she has performed with English Symphony Orchestra in concerts at Worcester and Gloucester Cathedrals, and last summer played with the National Symphony Orchestra in performances with Katherine Jenkins at venues such as Cheltenham Racecourse. In November 2010 Anna was guest-leader for Elgar Camerata in a performance of Bach B minor Mass in Pershore Abbey under Donald Hunt.

She frequently appears as a soloist with groups around the area as well as being invited to guest-lead various Midlands orchestras such as the Sinfonia of Birmingham, Heart of England Orchestra and Vivaldi Camerata. In 1998 Anna made a CD of her father’s Violin Sonata with Duncan Honeybourne and, in 2000, she took part in the making of Sopresa, a recording put together by a group of Worcestershire soloists who regularly give recitals together.

Anna is the lead violinist with both VLO String Quartet and the Lynwood Lea Quartet, playing regularly at weddings, functions and corporate events. She also deputises for Wigornia String Quartet, Astaria String Quartet and Reflection Strings on a regular basis.

In 2000, Anna completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education. She started her teaching career at King's School in Wolverhampton before becoming Head of Music at the Crestwood School in Kingswinford. She currently holds the position of Head of Instrumental Studies at Old Swinford Hospital, a boarding school in Stourbridge, West Midlands.

In 2001 Anna founded Central England Ensemble, an orchestra of postgraduate musicians, music students and other talented musicians. The group has two main aims: to promote the music of Midlands composers and to provide a high standard performance platform for young talented musicians in the area. Since its conception CEE has performed over fifty concerts with a work by a Midlands based composer in each one. The orchestra has also toured in Northern Germany and in Paris, giving concerts in prestigious venues such as La Madeleine. The orchestra also runs its own Concerto Competition. In 2008 the first winner was Sarah Sew, playing Elgar's Violin Concerto and the second, in 2010, is Martyn Jackson, playing Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto.

As part of her community work Anna has recently started a series of solo violin recitals in retirement homes. These continue throughout 2011.

As a former leader of Midland Youth Orchestra (2000-2003), and recipient of the James Langley Memorial Award (2000), Anna has just been appointed as a Trustee of the James Langley Memorial Trust in recognition of her education and community work.

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