Ruth started her formal training aged 9 at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Junior Conservatoire department where she studied piano, violin, theory, general musicianship and flute with members of the BBC Welsh Symphony orchestra.
At aged 11 she was offered a place at the Purcell School of Music, joined the National Youth Orchestra of Wales aged 14, then passed grades 8 ABSRM with distinction on all three instruments. She also performed live on flute and piano for BBC Cymru and Radio BBC3 prior to leaving school.
At 17 she won a scholarship to train as a full time music student at Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London where she studied on the highly competitive AGSM performers course with members of the LSO gaining a distinction in flute performance and teaching commendation in her final year. In her second year of college, she was offered part time teaching work at Harrow School & paid orchestral and ensemble gigs across the UK.
Ruth has studied with: Mary Rees, Douglas Townshend, Peter Katin, Edward Beckett, Jean Pierre Rampal, Roger Armstrong, Mary Rees, Tracey Chadwell, Francis Howard & demonstrated in masterclasses & workshops for James Galway, Yehudi Menuhin, Simon Rattle, Trevor Wye, Murray Perahia and many others.
Following graduation from GSMD she worked as a pianist & orchestral musician, performing with the BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra, LPO and several other major UK orchestras,freelancing in West End shows, musicals, folk bands and chamber music groups across Europe.
She accepted her first Head of Music post aged 23 but has also worked as an accompanist and teacher in several other schools part time.
In 1992 Ruth returned to university to study psychology & she was awarded an Advanced Diploma in 1994 and a Masters degree from the University of London in 1996. She studied Counselling Psychology at Surrey University & has worked in the NHS both in Scotland and England. Her specialist knowledge areas are: music psychology, coping, self esteem, performance anxiety and stage fright.
Master Of Arts (distinction), AGSM (commendation), LRAM (performance), LTCL (teaching), Piano, Violin & Flute - Grade 8 distinction, ABRSM Theory Grade 8 Distinction, A Level Music (A), Advanced Diploma in Education (distinction)