Born into a vicarage family in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, Kirsty has been in Cambridgeshire since coming to Homerton College in the 1990s. As a child she played bassoon from a ridiculously young age and still believes this was the best choice she ever made!
After three years of full-time primary classroom teaching, Kirsty left to seek her fortune as a music teacher, and founded Harmonia Music.
Since then she has taught flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, recorder, piano, saxophone, ocarina, handbells, ukulele, samba, djembe, tin whistle, boomwhackers, glockenspiels, country dancing, music theory, adult choirs, children's choirs, bands, orchestras and classroom music. She has worked at Homerton College, as Leading Teacher for Music for Cambridgeshire, won the first ever Gold Sing Up award (and 3rd platinum!), written musicals, appeared with dozens of Harmonia groups at the Music for Youth Festival and taught classroom music to hundreds of children in schools across the county.
In her spare time she does some very inept gardening and some slightly more ept crocheting. She is probably the only person in the world to have crocheted full-size copies of the main orchestral woodwind instruments, especially the bassoon, which is her main instrument.