Isobel began to play the cornet at the age of three under the joint direction of her father, David Daws, and the late Maisie Ringham Wiggins MBE. She moved onto the trombone in September 2008 and within six months gained a scholarship to study trombone and piano at The Purcell School of Music. After eight years at the Purcell, she moved to Chetham’s School to study A Levels.
In 2014 Isobel was one of the five finalists in the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year Brass Category, and in 2018 she was once again in the Brass Category Final where she went on to be crowned the winner. In 2017, Isobel was the winner of the BBC Young Brass Award playing live on Radio 2. Isobel is alumni of the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama, The National Children’s and Youth Brass Bands of Great Britain, and The National Children’s and Youth Orchestras of Great Britain.
Isobel graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2022 where she completed her four-year undergraduate course studying with Matt Gee, Peter Moore and Ian Bousfield. Isobel won the Karajan Academy position at the Berlin Philharmonic in January 2022 and is currently living in Berlin.
Isobel has performed with orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Welsh National Opera and brass ensemble, Septura. Isobel is a founding member of trombone quartet, Bone-afide, who have recorded a Christmas album, Christmas with Bone-afide and more recently a folk album with World of Sound.
Isobel is a Getzen Artist, and plays on a 4147IB Getzen Trombone. She is sponsored by Greg Black Mouthpieces.