Deborah has had a busy and varied career as a freelance oboist working with many of the UK’s leading orchestras, as well as playing in London’s West End and recording for TV and film.

She began her training at the GSMD junior department at the age of 12, where she was awarded the Principal’s Prize, and was given a scholarship to the senior department where she studied with Anthony Camden, Tess Miller, David Theodore and Jane Marshall. During this time, she was awarded the Wind and Brass prize, performed as soloist with the chamber orchestra and became a member of the ECYO.

On leaving college she began working with orchestras such as The London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, English National Opera, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and English Chamber Orchestra, as well as becoming a member of English Sinfonia. She has been a chair holder on numerous West End shows, including the critically acclaimed production of Kiss me Kate, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Secret Garden with the RSC, as well as depping on Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Cats, Oliver and Crazy For You.

Her recording work includes many orchestral albums, TV soundtracks (Marple, Alice Through the Looking Glass) and films (Evita starring Madonna, Keeping Mum starring Rowan Atkinson), and playing cor anglais on the hit single Time to Say Goodbye by Andrea Bocelli.

Deborah is an enthusiastic and experienced teacher who adopts an holistic approach ensuring that pupils have every opportunity to fulfil their aims and ambitions. She has taught the oboe at Wycombe Abbey Girls’ School since 2000, and past pupils have been awarded scholarships to leading conservatoires and gone on to study at top universities. She is a keen reed maker and enjoys passing on this skill to her pupils. She is an examiner for Trinity College London and is a consultant for their oboe syllabus.