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.
* 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.
* 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.