Maggie trained to be a Primary School Teacher at Redland College of Education in Bristol, with Music as her main subject. From there she went to Papua New Guinea to spend four terms in a bush primary school, on Voluntary Service Overseas, before taking up her first teaching job in Cambridge at Arbury Junior School.
She joined the CUMS Chorus in her third week in Cambridge, under David Willcocks and began a life-long commitment to choral singing – with CUMS on Fridays and the Bach Choir in London on Mondays – until her paralysed vocal cord brought it to an end ten years ago. After five years at Arbury she moved to Morley Memorial School as the music specialist and ran the flourishing choir at lunchtimes with the Headteacher, Dorothy Hurst – also a member of CUMS Chorus. They put on a concert every term for many years and Maggie also ran guitar and recorder groups.
After taking early retirement Maggie turned her attention to administrative work associated with music. She had been running CUMS, – the chorus and all three orchestras – for over twenty years and continued to do so until 2007, with more time to devote to it than previously. She was the administrator on behalf of King’s College for the Sing Up Chorister Outreach Initiative, and has been KJV’s administrator since the beginning.