I dedicate this personal statement to my dear Mum and Dad without whom this wee lassie from a farm near Stirling would never have managed any of this. They have been my rock and their constant love, support and encouragement have enabled me to follow my dreams. My sister Angela followed in my footsteps to study at the RSAMD and she is now a professional organist living in Western Australia. She teaches piano at All Saints College
, Perth and is also the music director at the Wesley Church in Perth
where she has introduced a ‘scholars recital’ programme for music students to perform at services and also at her lunch time recital series. From small beginnings she has extended the work there and the recitals have a following of 75 people from the downtown Perth district each time.