Penny Gore

Growing up in the small north-western coastal town of Formby, Penny Gore was introduced to music via her parents' record-collection of Russian orchestral classics.

After moving ten miles down the coast to take a degree in Modern History at Liverpool University, she spent a year working as a cook and in the Costume Department of Liverpool Museum, before taking the plunge and heading to London to join the staff of the National Sound Archive in South Kensington.

There her various jobs included editing and dubbing recordings in an attic studio (usually with Radio 3 as background accompaniment), and making field recordings of plays, talks and poetry readings in London's major theatres and arts centres.