Skills, Qualifications & Experience.

I’m always researching, learning and developing, which is a joy.

See below for an overview of my background and training:

Qualifications & experience related to ‘Voice & Music’ include:

* Natural Voice Teacher Training with Frankie Armstrong and Darien Pritchard.

* Voice & Facilitation Apprenticeship with Frankie Armstrong.

* Estill Voice Training levels one and two, completed twice.

* First Class BA (Hons) in Music and Dance, Kingston University.

* Actor Musicianship training at Rose Bruford College.

* Flute Grade 8.

* Grade 5+ Music Theory.

* Vocal study & concert tours with world music choirs Village Harmony and Northern Harmony, frequently from mid-1990’s to present day.

* Teaching, facilitating and learning at Unicorn Natural Voice Camp, many years in a row (about 7 years? It’s all blurred into one glorious memory!).

* Leading group singing in a range of contexts, including adult education, hospitals, festivals, workplace choirs, community groups, schools and theme-specific workshops.

* Community choir leadership including: Breath of Life Singers Arundel, The Wilful Choir Kingston, Shakti Sings Choir, Kingston University World Music Chorus, and GLOW Choir Brighton.

* Community choir participation, including Get Vocal Chichester.

* Church choirs, including Boxgrove Priory Choir and Walberton Church Choir.

* Classical and chamber choirs, including London’s Diversity Choir and Kingston University Chamber Choir.

* Madrigal Singing regularly, including performances, with Packpins Madrigal Group.

* Bishop Luffa School Choirs and ensembles.

* A cappella performances with vocal trios, quartets and small groups.

* Vocal training with Margaret Pikes of Roy Hart Theatre.

* Solo performances on voice and accordion.

* Specialist study and performance of the songs of Edith Piaf.

* Basic guitar skills and unique accordion skills – both self taught.

* Folk music from around the world, in particular through study and performance with Village & Northern Harmony.

* Working with varied and diverse amateur and professional bands.

* Performance skills, including teaching workshops about this at Kingston University and elsewhere.

* Performances as an Actor Musician, including at Newbury’s The Watermill Theatre.

* Sight singing and music theory, regular practice and embodied understanding.

* Learning by ear, in depth experience of doing and of teaching in this way.

* Improvisation, practice and facilitation.

* Composition and songwriting.

* Healthy use of the whole body in vocal performance.

* Sustainable vocal use.

* Musical Directing & composition, including work with Chichester Festival Youth Theatre, West Sussex Youth Theatre, and school productions in West and East Sussex.

* Some musical theatre & amateur operatics experience.

* Psychological aspects of giving voice.

* Voice-work as a therapeutic practice.

* A wide range of Yoga, dance and movement-related qualifications and experience – see the yoga page [currently under construction] to find out more.