I was brought up in an artistic household, my mother acting in my father’s productions for the BBC, including the 1965 – 1968 “Sherlock Holmes” series, featuring Peter Cushing (OBE). My father, William Sterling, also wrote the screenplay for and directed “Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland”. Filmed in 1972 and boasting a host of stars – Dame Flora Robson, Sir Ralph Richardson, Michael Crawford (OBE), Sir Michael Hordern, Sir Robert Helpmann, Peter Sellers (CBE) and Dudley Moore (CBE), this film took the “box office” by storm and has since accrued “cult” status. It was given a royal premiere and one of my most treasured possessions is a photograph of my father shaking the hand of Her Royal Highness – “Queen Elizabeth II”. Also featured in the photograph are Dame Flora Robson and Peter Sellers.
The score for “Alice” was written by none other than local legend – the Film Composer – John Barry (OBE).
My musical talent was spotted early and I won a music scholarship to the prestigious St. Paul’s Girls' School. Globally renowned for its musical tradition, previous Musical Directors include Ralph Vaughan Williams (OM) and Gustav Holst. I remember achieving Grade 8 distinction (at 13 years of age) on the piano used to compose “The Planets”. I also studied Clarinet, Saxophone and Violin but went on to adopt Clarinet and Saxophone as my main instruments – securing 143/150 for my Grade 8 Clarinet examination.
Following St. Paul’s, I was given an unconditional offer to study Music at York University. Whilst there, I began to develop a real passion for both performance and teaching. I also met my husband to be, fellow musician – Kieran White.
Since 1985, I have enjoyed a rich and active life and have fulfilled my musical passions.
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