To broaden my horizons and learn from colleagues I have taken part in several collaborative violin making projects; in 2011, I joined a team of six violin makers from the UK and Germany to make a cello in a week at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Over the last few years I have been invited regularly by the Royal Northern College of Music with three colleagues to work in public making instruments which are then loaned to students; to date two violins, a viola and two cellos.

I also like to share my experience with younger makers. I’m a member of the board of the Rowan Armour-Brown Trust, www.rabtrust.org which gives help and support to student violin makers. As part of this I offer occasional periods of work experience.

For twelve years I undertook much of the administration of Manchester Chamber Concerts Society, which promotes seven chamber music concerts annually, held at the Royal Northern College of Music. In my spare time I still play the cello and have regular lessons.