Born and raised in North London, Holly graduated from the Royal College of Music with a Masters of Music in Performance in 2021; prior to this, she studied on the Joint Course at the RNCM and University of Manchester, graduating with 1st Class Honours from both institutions in 2019. Holly has performed with orchestras including the London Mozart Players, Hallé Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and Covent Garden Sinfonia, and was one of two bassoonists with Southbank Sinfonia for the 22/23 seasons.
A passionate chamber musician, Holly regularly plays with her quintet, Festivo Winds, who have performed extensively across the North-West at venues including the Bridgewater Hall and Manchester Museum,as well as the Edingburgh Festival Fringe. In 2018 they won both the John Fewkes Woodwind Prize and the Audience Prize at the Christopher Rowland Chamber Group of the Year competition at the RNCM. In 2022 they were featured guests of the Manchester based composers collective UnHeard Hybrid Orchestra, performing to a sold out audience at the Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room.
Holly is also an experienced soloist,and in 2021 was the joint overall winner of the RCM Solo Woodwind Prize, was a soloist in a performance of Reynaldo Hahn’s ‘Concerto Provençal for Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn and String Orchestra’ with Southbank Sinfonia in November 2022, and in 2017 performed Elgar’s Romance for Bassoon and Orchestra with the Manchester University Symphony Orchestra.
Alongside her career as a performer, Holly is deeply involved in music education and currently teaches bassoon as Dame Alice Owen’s School in Hertfordshire, and at both Hampton School and Lady Eleanor Holles School. She is also a Live Music Now musician with Festivo Winds. Holly joined the EJMS Staff in September 2023.
Away from the bassoon, Holly is a keen runner and cyclist, and if not outdoors can be usually be found knitting.