Gillian began studying music at the Liverpool Arts Centre, previously Greenbank, in 1996. Whilst there Gillian studied singing and vocal technique with Ann Taft; also music history/genre, general musicianship, harmony, composition and music theory with Dr. Glynn Williams, Tony Whitaker, John Harper, Les Bolger and Paul Taft. Gillian progressed from one course to another until eventually leaving there in 2000 with, amongst other qualifications, a HND (Distinction) in Performing Arts. Gillian also had the privilege of studying composition with composers, Steve Martland at the RNCM and Steven Montague at the Liverpool Philharmonic Education Centre.
In 2000 Gillian then went on to study music at Liverpool Hope University. Here Gillian specialized in voice and performance with international soprano Vanessa Williamson. Gillian also studied harmony/composition with Professor Stephen Pratt and Robin Hartwell, she studied songwriting with Philip Duffy and performance with David Walters and Tony Shorrocks, also head of performance with The University of Liverpool. Gillian graduated from university in 2003, with a 2:1 BA in Music.
Throughout her adult life Gillian has been a member of various bands including rock, pop, jazz, Irish folk and has performed in venues throughout the cities of Liverpool, Manchester and Chester, most notably as the lead singer of Irish Rock/Folk girl band Keole Belles. For ten years Gillian also sang in semi-professional roles with The Merseyside Opera Company, The Una Voce Opera Company and many productions at the Liverpool Arts Centre including the role of Anita in Westside Story. Gillian also sang solo in the many concerts and recitals of the Early Music specialist Dr. Glynn Williams and represented Liverpool Hope University College, as the soloist, in the 2002 season opening concert at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.