Wendy is an experienced educator in music and media at university and sixth-form levels. She also finds time to pursue her interests in creative writing and musical composition.
Wendy’s first degree was in Music and English from Edinburgh University, where she studied with concert pianist, Susan Tunnell. She went on to teach Music and Media Studies in secondary schools in Edinburgh. In 2003 Wendy moved to London, where she studied for a Masters degree and PhD at Goldsmiths College. This experience gave her the opportunity to explore continuing interests in popular music, film studies and cultural divides. Her PhD examines the contemporary Hollywood Film Score.
Wendy has always enjoyed the creative process. She has written five books on music, and each represents her belief that all kinds of music have meaning, power and value. The Cool Clear Guide to Music (2015) offers a unique resource, providing an accessible A-to-Z of musical forms and definitions across the classical, popular and jazz genres.
Since her time as a student pianist, Wendy has composed an eclectic mix of music, including themes for TV and radio, and film documentaries. In addition, show songs (co-written with lyricist husband Mal Jordan for the Edinburgh Festival) have been performed at The Waterfront in Belfast, The Playhouse in Edinburgh and on BBC Television in Northern Ireland.
Wendy has recently completed her first novella, which is currently being edited for publication. She is also arranging the songs for Da Capo, a new musical co-written with Mal Jordan (see his author page).