I trained in music at Dartington College of Arts, studying singing and flute, and subsequently dance at the Laban Centre. I launched my professional solo singing career with performances around the country of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. This lead to invitations to sing other works such as Rameau’s La Danse for Barber Opera, Handel’s Samson, and Judas Maccabaeus for various choral societies. I was particularly keen to include contemporary works and premieres in my recital programmes. I sang for several years with a chamber group, The Cornel Music Group, and also with the BBC Northern Singers.
My hobby of Musical Theatre then became my full time profession, with tours and a West End production of Cabaret where I met my husband, Marcus. I also worked for the Council for Music in Hospitals giving concerts for long stay patients, in hospices, hospitals and prisons, bringing music to those not able to venture out, and to some who had lost their connection with the art for whatever reason. I became increasingly interested both in the physiology of the voice itself, and the psychology of singing, and my career evolved more into teaching.
My work in education has been to lead music departments for GCSE and A-Level, plus teaching in some of the UK’s major Stage Schools. I was Singing Co-Ordinator at Performers College, a post which I held very successfully for twelve years. I worked as part of the singing faculty at Bird College from 2012 - 2015, but have now decided to concentrate on private teaching, promoting good practice of music and singing, combining this with part time posts at the Oak Tree Group of Schools, and West Hatch High School.
In addition, I am also Musical Director of a local ladies’ choir, The Woodford Singers.