In 2004, Fiona graduated with a BA (Hons) in Music with Theatre Studies at Huddersfield University. For the Music elective, she majored in Performance with flute as her principle instrument, her teacher being Alan Lockwood. Her main performances were with the Huddersfield University Wind Band, and she also regularly performed solo with works by composers such as J. S. Bach, Claude Debussy, Georg Phillip Telemann, and William Mathias. In her final year at University Fiona formed a salsa band and a jazz quartet and gave several performances with both groups. While at University, Fiona also furthered her saxophone and clarinet playing under the supervision of Nigel McGill. She was subsequently asked to play for an amateur musical production, as well as doubling in several University student organised concerts and deputising in the University Big Band.
Straight after leaving University, Fiona worked for Carnival Cruise Lines for a year. She played lead saxophone, flute, and clarinet in three of their ships showbands, playing a variety of styles from broadway-style shows to jazz sets, and big band dance evenings to variety shows including salsa music and funk/soul songs by Earth Wind and Fire, The Average White Band, and Tower Of Power.
After leaving the cruise ships in 2005, Fiona helped form, played saxes and sang with various bands around Glasgow and Edinburgh, including a 4 - 6-piece funk band, an acoustic jazz/blues trio, two soul bands, and two big bands. She has also played for several amateur shows and professional UK touring productions, as listed in Tours / Shows.
In 2011, Fiona was involved in recording an album for Glasgow charity Cash For Kids, alongside Scottish musicians Jim Diamond, Tommy Cunningham (Wet Wet Wet), Greg Kane (Hugh and Cry), Garry John Kane (The Proclaimers), and Brian McFie (Big Dish, Marianne Faithful). The album was released in October 2011, and the band also performed several times, including a live gig at Glasgow Barrowlands where they were also the house band for Marti Pellow, Midge Ure, and Gallagher and Lyle. Fiona subsequently made a guest appearance on Gallagher & Lyle's Homecoming tour in 2012 and also played in the horn section of Garry John Kane's band, Button Up, for two years. In June 2012, she performed in front of thousands of fans in Wet Wet Wet's horn section at their 'Back In The Park' 25th Anniversary concert at Glasgow Green.
After nearly a three year break from playing after a complex shoulder operation, Fiona is finally back playing and is available again for session work, dep work, shows, functions, and solo work, including playing solo at weddings / functions (see Ever After Weddings or Services for details).