Anna Durance grew up in Colchester, Essex and then moved up to Leeds where she graduated with a first class degree in Music from the University of Leeds in 2005. Whilst at Leeds she spent an ERASMUS year at the Strasbourg Conservatoire in France, studying oboe with Sebastien Giot.
Anna completed a Masters in orchestral performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2009, where she studied with Gordon Hunt, Helena Gaunt and Richard Simpson. She received scholarships from the Salters Company, the Edward Selwyn Memorial Fund and the Matthew Hodder Charitable Trust.
Anna has worked under many established conductors, including Oliver Knussen, Kiril Karabits, Vasily Petrenko, Martyn Brabbins, Pierre-Andre Valade, Eno Koço and Richard Baker. She has premiered new works by composers including Roddy Hawkins, Ed Nesbitt, Mick Spencer, Ben Oliver, Adam Fergler, Ryan Latimer, Rupert Noble, Matthew Kaner and Tristan Murail (UK premiere, broadcast on Radio 3).
Anna has played with a range of orchestras including the Britten-Pears Orchestra, Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, Bombay Chamber Orchestra in Mumbai, Corinthian Chamber Orchestra, Forest Philharmonic and the Charities Philharmonia. As well as playing in the Workers Union Ensemble Anna plays in the Octandre Ensemble, the Reigate Wind Quintet and the Handel Collection.