Gillian began studying percussion at the age of twelve, moving to St Mary's Music School in Edinburgh to concentrate her high school education towards music at sixteen. Gillian has studied with the worlds most prestigious marimba soloists and attended many exclusive courses including the Juilliard Summer Percussion Seminar in New York City. In 2005, Gillian was awarded an £80,000 grant from Donald Dewar Arts Awards to study percussion at University of Miami Frost School of Music. In Gillian’s 3rd year of study, she was in a serious road traffic accident that resulted in her left leg being permanently paralyzed below the knee. Gillian was forced to return to her native Scotland to learn to walk again and has remained in the UK to develop her career as a marimba and vibraphone soloist, composer, and motivational speaker.
Gillian has pursued her music career decisively, performing and delivering masterclasses throughout the UK, Ireland, Europe and USA. She has performed to royalty and world leaders and performed live on BBC radio.
Gillian publicly campaigns for the classical world to look past their pre-judgement of solo percussion so they can learn to understand what it really is. She also campaigns for schools and other education establishments to teach percussion with the same respect so they can utilise students potential as well as make use of percussion instruments they have invested in.
In Spring 2015, Gillian took on the role of Head of Kingdom Percussion Academy, as well as Head of Percussion for Kingdom Brass Band. www.kingdompercussionacademy.org.uk
Gillian has been nominated for prestigious awards including the 2013 British Plus Size awards for ‘Best Entertainer’. She was the only Scot and only musician to be nominated in any category.
Gillian is an official Encore Mallets Endorser and is represented by Classical Musicians Scotland.