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About Vanessa

Music in my early years


I've played piano since the age of 4, giving my first public performance aged 6. I sat my Royal College of Music examinations in pianoforte through my childhood and took every opportunity to perform everywhere! I did quite a few formal concerts but also enjoyed busking with my sister and our friends! i didn't come from a musical family and my parents had to work hard to pay for my lessons. I've therefore kept my music lessons and classes at an affordable price so that music can be more inclusive.

Music awards and study


I started writing music aged 11 and really enjoyed performing my own compositions through secondary school, during which time I was presented with an Excellence in Music award. When I was 13 years old I was invited to receive the Lord Mayor's medal for my contribution to community music concerts as a young musician. I studied music after school, getting a place at a top UK conservatoire where I focused on composition and popular music. I hoped I'd end up writing the next big Disney score! Sadly, that didn't happen but I did receive the very best piano tuition and it made me want to share that with as many people as possible!

I've taught music in the Early Years sector since 1997 after taking a level 3 course in childcare. Once I gained confidence in my classes, I took my  'Composition for All' workshops into the festival circuit, youth groups and some primary schools in the area. making music accessible to everyone regardless of age or ability.

Debut album success, take a listen...

In 2011 I recorded my debut album 'Fragile Stars'. This album is a collection of my best compositions for piano to date. Despite having no marketing, the album was downloaded in 14 countries and continues to be enjoyed through streaming services now.

You can listen to some tracks from 'Fragile Stars' here

Music today

After growing my piano business beyond 20 students in 2018, I decided to return to music full time. I enjoy performing in various concerts in the area and private events. I was recently commissioned to write a piano piece for York Theatre Royal which I enjoy performing live to a sell out audience. References available on request.

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