Anthea has enjoyed a varied career. She was very fortunate to study with Dame Fanny Waterman for her teenage years, and this was followed by equally inspirational teaching from Derrick Wyndham at the RNCM, with her subsequently choosing to specialise in accompaniment for her postgraduate year, under the tutelage of John Wilson.
Anthea’s first job was at Chetham’s School of Music, where the majority of her work was as a staff accompanist, playing for and coaching a full range of instrumentalists, preparing for external concerts and local and national competitions, in addition to numerous “in-house” events.
A family move took Anthea to Sussex, where she combined a freelance career (including concerto and accompanying work) with bringing up her two boys. The family then headed to the North of Scotland when Anthea was appointed as Director of Music at Aberlour House, the Junior School to Gordonstoun.
In 2003 Anthea was appointed to the main panel of ABRSM examiners. During 18 years in that role, she travelled the world as well as visiting most town in the UK to listen to thousands of candidates taking their exams.
In 2004 Anthea made a happy return home to North Yorkshire to take up a position at a local girls’ school, also undertaking extensive freelance work in the region as an accompanist, organist and chamber musician, and spending 6 years as Musical Director of Northallerton Male Voice Choir.
Anthea subsequently spent several happy years as Head of Keyboard at Bootham School in York before opting for a fully freelance career again, combining an extensive teaching practice with her work as an accompanist.