Pauline Harding is part-time contributing editor of The Strad, where her articles and photographs are published regularly. Her journalism career began when she set up her own music publication, Leading Note, with which she won the White Rose Centre for Enterprise Business Planning Award 2006. She became an award-winning editorial assistant of BBC Music Magazine in 2007, before taking a break to train as an archaeologist and work as a ghostwriter, then joining The Strad’s editorial team in 2012.

Alongside her commitments for The Strad, Pauline is currently working towards a PhD at UCL’s Institute of Archaeology, entitled ‘Ritual, Identity and Ideology: Constructing the Past in Sub-Saharan Africa’. This project is sponsored by the AHRC’s London Arts and Humanities Partnership. She is also a performing violinist and sells her artwork through her shop, GiddyArtBoutique, on Etsy.