Beth is a former St Joseph’s High School pupil where she was a member of the school Wind band and orchestra. She grew up in Newport and played clarinet and saxophone in many Gwent Youth County groups. She completed a BA in music at Kingston University before returning to Wales to complete an MA in performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She studied clarinet with both Roger Heaton and Mark Van de Weil both of whom encouraged her interest in contemporary music.
Beth first starting performing solos in St Joseph’s high school concerts, including one memorable concert on the School orchestra trip to Heidenheim! She was a member of the Gwent County Youth Orchestra, Gwent Youth soloists, Gwent Youth big band, Gwent Youth Dixieland jazz band and she was leader of the Gwent Youth Wind Symphonia.
During her Masters course in RWCMD she played clarinet and basset horn in a performance of Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ Opera in The Sherman Theatre, Cardiff; she took part in the Halifax Chamber Festival as part of the Castle Wind Octet and she performed Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with a Chamber group in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Since then Beth has continued to play in a variety of groups ranging from contemporary ensembles to theatre work; she played clarinet and bass clarinet on a ‘three tenors’ tour with the orchestra of the Welsh National Opera, performed Martin Ellerby’s clarinet concerto with the Gwent Youth Symphonic Winds and recently she was part of a trio who premiered composer Jack White’s ballet score of Cinderella for Ballet Cymru.
Beth has worked for Gwent Music Service for 22 years as a woodwind tutor during which time she has worked in Newport, Torfaen and Monmouthshire. During her time with the Music service she has carried out the roles of senior woodwind tutor, head of music centre and ensemble director as well as her usual teaching duties. She has directed music centre junior and senior windbands, the county youth clarinet choir and most recently she has directed the Gwent Youth Wind Orchestra (who have since been invited to perform in the schools proms in the Royal Albert Hall in November!)
Beth particularly enjoys her work at SJHS and was very proud of the windband and their success at MFY in March and July, having been a former member of the school Wind band made it extra special!