Currently studying for her MA in Music Direction at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Debbi started piano at the age of 2, and has always had a passion for music. She took GCSE music at Davison CE High School for Girls in Worthing, where she was given the Davison Award for Music Achievement. She was awarded the highest music scholarship to study at Kent College Canterbury, singing in the award-winning chamber choir Sedecim, and where she performed as first clarinet soloist in Krommer’s Double Clarinet Concerto with the college orchestra. She was presented with the Lander Prize for Keyboard Studies at the end of her time at the college.
Her achievements to date include Grade 8 in piano, clarinet and voice, Grade 6 in music theory, and Grade 5 flute. She has gained a BMus (Hons) in Music Performance at Kingston University, majoring in piano accompaniment. She passed her MMus in piano accompaniment and performance at the London College of Music with distinction.
During her Masters degree course, Debbi studied under internationally renowned pianist Nataša Šarčević. During this time, she participated in the sixth International Masterclasses in Narni 2016.
Debbi is a regular Musical Director for several theatre companies in the South-West London area and frequently plays in the orchestra pits for other groups on keys. She is also the ballet pianist at the London School of Musical Theatre.
Her main discipline at university was accompanying. She enjoys performing alongside other musicians and has played for a wide variety of singers, instrumentalists, vocal groups and ensembles in a range of genres. She currently works regularly as an exam accompanist for ABRSM, Trinity and LCM in both classical and musical theatre. She also works as a rehearsal and audition pianist.
Debbi has been teaching piano and theory privately for six years. She teaches beginners to Grade 8 at any age. This experience also benefits Debbi’s other areas of work, particularly when working with nervous or young performers in theatres.
She works on a casual basis at Dayspace, two centres in Caterham and Reigate, that cater for adults with learning disabilities. This includes taking music sessions with the clients, playing the piano for them to sing and dance along, as well as art, relaxation and dance sessions. Debbi also plays keys with a function band.
Debbi occasionally plays reeds in theatre pits. Shows have included Me and My Girl at the Minack Theatre, Kipps at Epsom Playhouse and Fiddler On The Roof at Chequer’s Mead Theatre. In the past, she has been a clarinettist in LCM's Camarata orchestra, and deputy clarinettist for Kingston Philharmonia
As a member of the Royal Choral Society, Debbi regularly performed in the Royal Albert Hall. She also sang in the Kingston University Chamber Choir (including an Italian tour), Kingston Choral Society, and performed with the Riverside Opera, Kingston, as a chorus member in Gounod's Romeo and Juliet in Kingston's Rose Theatre. In addition, Debbi had a part of a chorister in the critically acclaimed film "The Theory of Everything" based on the life of Stephen Hawking.