Nancy won an Arts Council award to study with Julius Isserlis (grandfather of Steven) at thirteen, and an open piano scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, London, at sixteen, winning prizes during her studies there. She has performed as a pianist in solo, orchestral and chamber music, and as a piano accompanist, being well-known in Kent. She is an all-round musician, also having been a freelance orchestral violinist and leader of a string quartet, teacher of singing, and choir director.
Tutoring has formed a large part of her life, from beginners through to diploma level. She has taught privately and in many different types of school, on courses and masterclasses. She has spoken at conferences in the UK and abroad, including the National Music Expo, and has directed residential courses for keyboard players and teachers.
Nancy is an ABRSM examiner, and an adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals, serving as one of the two music reps on the adjudicators’ council. She runs the Kent region of EPTA (European Piano Teachers’ Association).
Alfred UK has published a range of her books: Keyed Up tutors for electronic keyboard, Playing with Colour tutors for violin (co-authored with Sharon Goodey), Choral and Vocal Warm-ups for pianists, Choral and Vocal Sight Singing with Keyboard Harmony, and Rounds with Accompaniment’.
She has arranged piano pieces for piano trio (grades 6-8) in Classical Vienna, and Romantic Vienna’ with composers from Haydn to Brahms. Her compositions and arrangements can be found in Trinity College London, MTB, and ABRSM syllabuses, and other publications such as Piano Mix and Piano Star.
Her latest book is Piano Postcards, twelve original pieces for intermediate level, published by EVC Music.