I am a fully qualified woodwind repairer based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.
I have been heavily involved in music since my youth, and having spent many years performing on oboe with numerous ensembles including the National Youth Orchestra of Wales, I went on to study Music at the University of Sheffield. I graduated from my degree in 2009, and continued my studies to receive an MA in Music Management in 2010.
After completing my university education I decided to take a sideways step into the repair industry and embarked on a three year course studying Woodwind Instrument Making and Repair at Newark College. (After spending my teenage years regularly taking my oboe to pieces ‘to clean it’ it seemed a pretty natural step!)
During my time at Newark I gained a vast array of practical experience repairing instruments from all areas of the woodwind family, as well as making a Bb clarinet from raw materials (photos in gallery). As such I feel I am well equipped to tackle almost any challenge that may come my way, as if something is broken or not fit for purpose I can usually either repair, adapt or remake it.
My fully insured repair workshop is based at my home in Walkley, Sheffield. It is very easy to access, with on street parking, a bus stop at the end of the road, and the Hillsborough tram stop less than 5 minutes walk from my house. I also undertake many repairs in South West Wales, taking on appointments when I visit my family in Carmarthenshire.