I am a creative.
In former years, as a West End theatre producer’s assistant and in TV as a production coordinator / producer’s assistant on music and light entertainment programmes. A beneficial training ground for what happened next!
My serious singing and music training began in 1991 in London, which led to studying, as a mature student, for a music and English Degree in 1994, followed by private drama training and much later, MA drama studies and training in 2010.
I also studied for a year in 1999 with Goldsmiths Uni for a CMTA (Certificate of Music Teaching to Adults) in order to further develop my teaching of singing.
In other creative areas, I have worked as radio and BBC online broadcast journalist and deputy editor of a journal, after successfully completing a Print and Broadcast Journalism City & Guilds course in 2001.
As a soprano singer I’ve a wide vocal range and cross-genre agility, trained to sing opera and classical works and jazz. I also sing Sondheim, folk, world music, R&B/rock and other contemporary songs and I’ve brought my unique style to highly enjoyable and rewarding projects, including work with top international musicians.
Go to the Biography and Media page showing my singing work which has included corporate and private function entertainment, charity concerts, commercials and music theatre productions. For my own concerts and gigs, I like to include informative and anecdotal elements, by offering the audience a background story to the songs I love to sing.
Likewise for more about my acting and voice work which has so far included short films, community theatre productions, charity panto and revues and literary events readings.
Pre Covid19 lockdown 2020, I had been working towards a short song cycle by Poulenc, ‘La Courte Paille’, plus a French Classical Composers of Arts Songs concert in collaboration with modern ballet dancers, which I still aim to perform in the future, plus a great selection of Sondheim and humorous songs.
In 2019, I recorded an album of Faure, Poulenc and Chausson Songs, accompanied by Lydia Newlands on piano and joined by Rose Bellingham, Mezzo Soprano for two duets on the album, ‘La Tarantelle’ and ‘Puis Qu’ici Bas’.
2015-2019 helped to form Amici Cantabile, an opera quintet. We performed solos and ensembles for our own concerts in London. Ensemble pieces included the Pirates Quintet from ‘Carmen’, the ‘Fidelio’ quartet, and other works in Russian, Italian and English.
In 2016, I also sang lead with a semi-professional rock band, playing covers and original songs written by the band and I provided harmony line for other numbers.
VOCAL COACH/SINGING TUTOR/MUSIC-FOR-GENERAL-HEALTH PRACTITIONER
In terms of teaching, I wish to focus on making music with adults with degenerative and neurological conditions as well as with their carers where it can benefit the carer’s support work.
As a qualified vocal coach and singing teacher I have worked with individuals and groups, since the early 1990s, coaching professionals, as well as teaching children and adults including those with neurological health conditions, adults with Downs Syndrome and other learning difficulties.
Pulling the strands together, over the past few years, of my studies, performance work, teaching and self-development, I practise a particular style in my workshops and one-to-one sessions, enabling clients to develop confidence and wellbeing, helping them to find a voice and enjoyment of singing and music-making. I have seen how learning to breathe, to sing, to create a harmony, to develop basic aural awareness, general music making and listening to genres of song, can be a contributory factor to one’s general health and wellbeing and I find this area of my work as a musician, highly rewarding.
I have also taught voice and text for Shakespeare play actors and those purely interested in unlocking the texts including through the prism of ‘lifestates’.