For as long as Deborah can remember, music has been a very important part of her life. She started playing the piano at the age of five and became a Junior Exhibitioner at the R.C.M. at the age of 11, before becoming a full time student in 1961, studying piano with David Parkhouse and clarinet with Thea King, having being awarded a Major County Award.
On leaving, she joined the BBC, but on marrying and starting a family, embarked on a very rewarding teaching career. During this time, she also became assistant to the Orchestral Manager of the London Mozart Players, founded by Harry Blech, who was still the driving force behind the orchestra. Leading on from this, she helped in the running of the Serenata of London.
She became an Associated Board Examiner in 1982, examining extensively in UK and overseas.
In the past few years, she has resumed performing in and around Oxford as well as being asked to adjudicate at Music Festivals, becoming a member of the British and International Federation of Festivals.
Recently, she had the privilege of being one of the adjudicators for the Steinway/Malaysia semi-final and final piano competition held in Kuala Lumpur.