Born in West Bromwich, Liz lived in various places in Manchester and Salford until leaving for college in London. She started playing the violin at the age of seven and swapped to the viola at 14. Liz’s father conducted the local youth orchestra in Salford and, she says, ‘it needed viola players!’
Violin lessons, both at school and privately, were followed with the move to Chethams School of Music when Liz was 13. She then continued her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Nannie Jamieson and Jacqui Leonard.
Before joining the CBSO Liz spent one year as tutti viola in the Orchestre Regional D’Auvergne based in Clermont Ferrand, France. As tutti viola with the CBSO, she cites her highlights as working with ‘so many great conductors from Simon Rattle to Andris Nelsons and so many great soloists from Janet Baker to Alfred Brendel’.
Outside of the CBSO Liz is kept very busy as a mother to two children who also teaches the viola and violin privately. In addition she enjoys travel to sunny climates, cinema trips, vegetarian dining, gardening, DIY, reading and cryptic crosswords.
Supported by Julie and Tony Phillips