Jane’s dad played violin in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, so she spent her early years in Liverpool before moving to Leeds. Her first violin lessons were at the age of five with her mum, who was at one time first violin with the CBSO, but she moved to a different teacher for her Grade 3 examinations as she says there were ‘too many arguments!’
Jane studied for six years at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). Whilst in Scotland, Jane overlapped college and a job in the Orchestra of Scottish Opera.
As well as holding the position of sub-principal first violin Jane also likes to get involved in the CBSO’s education work – coaching, helping with workshops and performing in schools. Jane also enjoys touring – ‘seeing places I wouldn’t normally get the chance to go to’.
Jane is kept busy outside of the CBSO by her four-year-old son and she and her family enjoy walks along Birmingham’s canals and the River Severn.