Sharon was born in 1985 and started her musical career at the age of 7 when she successfully
scored one of the highest marks in a musical examination, the prize for which was
the chance to learn the violin which she carried on with until grade 5. Sharon then
joined ‘All Saints Clifton Church’ Choir as a chorister and continued to practise
there for the next 8 years. During the eight years Sharon went on to sing solos and
small ensemble works as well as full choir works, earning the prestigious red ribbon
from the Royal School of Church Music and becoming a team leader.
At the age of 10, Sharon was offered the chance to extend her musical studies by
learning a woodwind instrument. After taking up the oboe, Sharon received lessons
from many different woodwind tutors and continued to progress to a very high standard
despite the lack of specialist double reed tutor.
After moving to her local upper school, Sharon started to learn the soprano saxophone
and viola as well as receiving oboe lessons from oboist Christopher Crosby who coached
her through her grade 8, grade 5 music theory and successfully prepared her for her
music college auditions.
In 2003, Sharon took up a place at the Birmingham Conservatoire, studying the oboe
under George Caird, Jenni Philips and Richard Weigall, the Cor Anglais under Anna
Cooper and the Baroque Oboe under Gail Hennessey. She completed her studies for a
Bmus(Hons) in 2007 earning a respectable 2.1 classification as well as winning the
Antony Miller Oboe Prize. Sharon successfully auditioned to study for the prestigious
Mmus postgraduate course also at the Birmingham Conservatoire which she completed
in 2009 with a merit. Whilst studying for her Masters, Sharon successfully won a
place on the CBSO (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra) scheme and the principal
cor anglais chair on the 'Orchestra Europa / RPO (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) Scheme'.
Having completed her studies, Sharon is now working full-time as a performer and
teacher and is hoping to further her studies within the next year.
George Caird, Anna Cooper, Christopher Cowie, Christopher Crosby, Nicholas Daniel,
Gail Hennessey, Gordon Hunt, Karen O’Connor, Jenni Philips, Axel Schmidt, David Theodore,
Peter Walden and Richard Weigall.
John Anderrson, Ruth Bollister, Christopher Cowie, Ole- Henrik Dahl, Nicholas Daniel,
Helena Gaunt, Ingo Gorizki, Gordon Hunt, Karen O’Connor, Emily Pailthorpe, Mark Radcliffe,
Christopher Redgate, Anthony Robson, Edwin Roxburgh, Joseph Sanders, Axel Schmidt,