Jackie was born and brought up in Surrey, England where she began learning the cello at the age of 8 with Amanda Stratton. Jackie has always had a keen interest in music; she has sung in her church choir since she was 6, plays the organ, 4 different sizes of recorders and also has Grade 8 Distinction in Piano.
She has played in orchestras and chamber groups from a young age and was principal cellist of the Surrey County Youth Orchestra until accepting her place to study at the RSAMD (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and moving to Glasgow.
Jackie studied with Robert Irvine and graduated with a Masters degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in July 2013. She is a keen chamber musician and plays regularly with several Glasgow based string quartets, the cello and guitar duo Ten Strings as well as duo work with pianist Scott Mitchell.
Jackie has played in cello master classes with Johannes Goritski, Boris Adrianov, Erkki Lahesmaa and Julian Lloyd Webber; also in chamber music master classes with David Watkin and Susan Tomes and has received coaching from members of the Brodsky Quartet, the Hebrides Ensemble as well as playing at the Cantilena Festival of chamber music on Islay.
Jackie has playing with Scottish Opera in performances of Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen and Prokofiev's Betrothal in a Monastery as well as participating in projects with the RSNO.
Jackie has always enjoyed participating in many different aspects of music for example playing in the Musical Theatre cabarets, as a backing musician for DJ Ironik at the 2009 MOBO awards and in a performance of the Glasgow Passion at George Square. She also plays with the award-winning Glasgow-based band Turning Plates whose new release and debut album 'The Shouting Cave' funded by Creative Scotland was featured highly in The Sunday Herald's Top 40 albums of the year.
Jackie teaches privately as well as for Musicworks and RCS Juniors and the City of Edinburgh Council. She is also the Lower Strings Tutor and Assistant Conductor for the Lomond and Clyde Community Orchestra in Helensburgh and Lower Strings tutor for the South Lanarkshire Orchestral Society.
Jackie plays a lovely new cello by Marion Bennardo. In her 'spare time' she enjoys skiing, running and baking cakes.