Born in Stepney, London, Jane Serter began piano lessons at the age of 8, and began to compose at the same time. At the age of 13 she won a Junior Exhibition for piano to the Guildhall School of Music. Her secondary education was received at Lady Edridge Grammar School, Croydon. On leaving school she attended St. Anne’s College, Oxford University, where she read Modern History. On leaving Oxford, she worked at a variety of jobs – mostly in education, both at the primary level and in adult and further education. Deciding that she wished to focus on composing, she gained a Master’s Degree in Composition from Manchester University in 1993. She currently¬†teaches the piano in Leeds – dividing her time between her home on the Kintyre peninsula in Scotland and her home in Leeds.