Christa Porter started to learn to play the violin at her primary school when she was 8. After studying at the Guildhall School of Music with Joan Spencer and being awarded the Dove Memorial Music Prize, she went on to have lessons with Frederick Grinke and then joined the Bournemouth Sinfonietta. After six years, Christa left to start a family and moved away to Oxfordshire and then to Suffolk.

Christa Porter

A primary PGCE followed, and Christa began to build up experience as both a general class teacher and as a music specialist. At the same time, she was invited to lead the Wolsey Orchestra in Ipswich.

In 2002, Christa moved with her family to Southampton and was prodded by her cellist daughter Kate to look for a symphony orchestra they could join. The City of Southampton Orchestra accepted them both, and in 2005 invited Christa to become Co-leader of the orchestra.

Christa works for Southampton Music Services as a peripatetic violin and viola teacher; she directs Elgar Strings, one of the Southampton Youth Orchestras pyramid; and also teaches Award pupils for Southampton.

Having started out as a chamber orchestra specialist, Christa is pleased to keep up that repertoire with the Fareham Philharmonic Society and with Havant Chamber Orchestra. She also enjoys playing chamber music with the Chilworth Lodge Quartet and with her family trio, Bassett Green Strings.