Attended Queen Margaret’s School, Escrick, York. Passed Grade 8 piano and it became clear a musical career was inevitable. Watched my sister Belinda sing The Sorceress in a school concert performance of Dido and Aeneas . Favourite music teacher; the terrifying Mr Gerrard. I nestled in the eye of the storm that surrounded him because I had strong musical instincts. Parents divorced, moved to Nottingham.