Violin – Piano
Iona attended Chetham’s until 1971, before moving to Wells Cathedral School for Sixth Form. After school she attended the Royal Academy of Music and started off as a player in London, then, after drifting into a career as a probation officer and social worker, by chance acquired training by Sheila Nelson in the method of teaching very young children. She then became Head of Strings at various schools and a Head of Music. Since retiring she is working as an examiner and adjudicator from her home in Liverpool, sometimes taking workshops for primary music teachers and also violin teachers.
As one of the first girls and musicians into Chets, Iona recalls “inevitable chaos”. She particularly loved O-level music in a group with Mr McFarlane.
Iona returned to Chetham’s in 1996-7 to work in the string department and has stayed good friends with Cathy Perkins, with whom she meets up most months.Of her time teaching here she says, “It was a bit surreal going back after such a long time!! I have often thought of seeing if there was a house parent job at Chets or Wells given that I could offer music and social work backgrounds.