Wendy has been involved in music for as long as she can remember, and after playing recorder and violin for a few years she moved on to the oboe and piano at the age of eight.
After studying oboe at the Birmingham Junior School of Music whilst at school, Wendy then moved to the Guildhall School of Music in London where she studied oboe, piano and double bass. This was followed by a move to Reading for her PGCE.
Her love of chamber music was ignited in London whilst playing in the Guildhall Wind Octet and being coached by Anthony Camden. After leaving college she became the oboist in the Albany Wind Quintet in Salisbury for many years before moving to Oxfordshire and being a founder member of Wendlebury Winds. She is now the oboist with the Pavlova Quintet.
She has performed many concertos including a world première of Brookes’ Oboe d’Amore Concerto, plays the oboe regularly with many local orchestras including The Oxford Sinfonia and the Cotswold Chamber Orchestra, and enjoys the contrast of playing Double Bass from time to time too.
Her love of music is not limited to classical music and she was a member of the progressive folk rock group Mermaid Kiss for several years performing on flute and recorders as well as the oboe and Cor Anglais (and backing vocals!) She can be heard on their Etarlis and Another Country albums. Wendy has even found herself performing in a Carpenter’s tribute band.
She is currently in demand as a woodwind teacher and conducts several local amateur groups: four wind groups and an orchestra.