Born in Aberdeen, Scotland, Mary is the youngest of five children and grew up in a house surrounded by music. She found herself drawn to the woodwind family when she heard the wide variety of sounds they could create in the orchestra. Having expressed her interest at school Mary was swiftly presented with a dusty case, containing a long-forgotten oboe.
Despite the steep learning curve (and the troublesome reeds) Mary soon found herself in demand with ensembles due to the oboe's status an 'endangered species' instrument.
Putting aside her original plans for a career in medicine Mary started her journey on the Manchester Joint Course, studying music at the University of Manchester while simultaneously completing a performance diploma in oboe at the Royal Northern College of Music. Her postgraduate studies, with Richard Simpson and Gordon Hunt at the Guildhall School of Music, followed and she was awarded an MMus with Distinction and a Junior Fellowship in Chamber Music with her wind quintet.
Mary continued her musical education at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm with Bengt Rosengren and Emmanuel Laville. She was awarded a Sir James Caird Scholarship to study in Sweden and returns to work with orchestras such as the Swedish Radio and Uppsala Chamber orchestras. At home in the UK, orchestral engagements include the BBC Philharmonic, The Halle, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and City of London Sinfonia.
Mary now lives in Alderley Edge, Cheshire with her boyfriend, conductor Ben Gernon and their golden labrador, Parsnip. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, drinking good coffee and trying out new vegan recipes.