Ruth began her musical path at Chetham’s School of Music as a pianist, studying with Peter Lawson, and then going on to the Royal Northern College of Music and Manchester University gaining both a performing and an academic music degree. She then continued her studies as an accompanist at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Iain Burnside. Her early professional career was spent as an accompanist, including working at the Guildhall junior school and the Unicorn Arts Theatre in Covent Garden.
Her school teaching career began in London and continued in the North of England where she taught for thirteen years at Manchester Grammar School. Whilst there, alongside preparing students for national exams and continuing her accompanying, she also became a skilled choral director taking choirs to a wide range of venues from the outdoor stage of the Montreal music festival to the Bridgewater Hall.
Ruth is currently a teacher of academic music at Chetham’s School, teaching a wide range of age groups and specialising in theory tuition. As well as teaching at Chetham’s School and being our Deputy Musical Director, Ruth also coaches piano students for her local music service in Kirklees, and performs with a ‘cellist colleague as part of the Aldred-Watson duo.