Anne Hughes hails from West Wales and her musical career got off to a flying start when, at the age of twelve, she won a local government scholarship to study piano with Max Pirani at the Royal Academy of Music. She went on to study music on a Choral Exhibition at Cambridge University, where she was selected to sing, as both chorister and soloist, with the world-famous Kings's College Chapel Choir. Then followed a Foundation Scholarship to the Royal College of Music to study both singing and piano, culminating in Anne winning the premier singing prize and several other national awards.
For many years, she was a free-lance soloist (singer and pianist), accompanist and conductor, appearing on national TV and radio, as well as performing extensively in the UK and on the Continent as a soloist and also with the Academy of Ancient Music and Chiaroscuro. While living in Berkshire, she ran Singing for Fun style courses at Reading University and was the official accompanist to the University Music Department.
Quite by chance, Anne fell into school-teaching and moved to Leicestershire in 1994 to become Director of Music at Ratcliffe College and, later, Loughborough High School. She decided to leave full-time teaching in 2007 to lead a more diverse musical life, including examining for Trinity Guildhall, marking for an A-level board, fulfilling a busy calendar of public-speaking events and, of course, directing the Singing for Fun groups!