Skills, Qualifications & Experience.

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

See below for an overview of my vocal and musical background and training:

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

* Natural Voice Teacher Training with Frankie Armstrong and Darien Pritchard (2007).

* Voice & Facilitation Apprenticeship with Frankie Armstrong (2007-2009).

* Estill Voice Training levels one and two, completed twice (2016 & 2020).

* First Class BA (Hons) in Music and Dance, Kingston University (2012).

* Actor Musicianship training at Rose Bruford College (2005-6).

* Flute Grade 8, distinction (2008).

* Grade 5+ Music Theory (1994).

* 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, about 7 years in a row. Teaching songs from around the world, mostly learnt via Village Harmony and Northern Harmony. Also teaching Yoga, and VocoMotion voice and movement practices.

* Leading group singing in a range of contexts, including adult education, hospitals, festivals, workplace choirs, community groups, schools, Unicorn Theatre London, Chichester & West Sussex Youth Theatres, independently run events, and theme-specific workshops.

* Community choir leadership and accessible choral workshops including: GLOW Choir Brighton (2015-2021), The Wilful Choir Kingston (2009-2015), Many Voices (guest workshops, Westminster, 2012-2016), Creative HeArt (2015), SingFest (2014-15), Shakti Sings (2012-17, London), SingAgog (Wimbledon 2012-14), Free Your Voice and Vocal Workshop (Kingston Adult Education 2009), H2OhYeah (SingForWater annual scratch choir 2008-2014), World Music Chorus (Kingston University 2008-2009), Breath of Life Singers (Arundel 2007-2008).

* Other singing workshops including: for Young Carers via young carers organisation; for LGBTQ+ people experiencing bereavement via Grief Meets at Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard; Singing for Breathing workshops at Royal Brompton Hospital in London; and more.

* Additional performances and workshops: Rickshaw Travel Agency Staff Singing Workshop (2018); music performances and yoga classes at Queer Spirit Festival (2016); singing and accordion workshops themed around a children’s book, at Fishbourne CE Primary School (2015), St Mary’s Primary School Pulborough (2004) and Seal Primary School Selsey (2006); co-taught performance skills workshops in Hampton (2014-15); World Singing Day VocoMotion workshop at Unity Brighton (2015), Musical direction and singing coaching on Caucasian Chalk Circle for Varndean College Students (2001); A Saturday Sing in Kingston / Petersfield (2015-16); Tribal Earth Festival performances and singing workshops; Performance Skills Workshop for Kingston University 3rd year Music Performance students (2015); Living Arts Buddhafields workshops (2012); IYAF workshops and performances (2011-2013); I Am Joy workshops (2007-2008)… and more that I couldn’t really fit into this now-very-dense-paragraph.

* Additional solo and group performances – there are too many to list! For some highlights/examples, read on: private parties, weddings, restaurants, fetes, folk clubs, book launches, awards ceremonies, TV advertising, religious and community events, music gigs, festivals. Some specific companies, events and venues include: ProteinDance, Watermill Theatre, Rose Theatre Kingston, Rhythm & Muse, Tongues & Strings, Tongues & Grooves, Narberth A cappella Festival, Paris House Brighton, LGBT Switchboard Charity Cabaret, Sussex Arts Council events, Into The Wild, Nottingham Anglo-French Society, Komedia Theatre Brighton, Brighton Street Art Festival, and more.

* 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 independent 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, in practice and to teach.

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

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

* Learning by ear, in depth experience of both doing this 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.

* Private singing and voice tuition (2007 to present day).

* Private tuition in music, music theory, beginner accordion and beginner flute (2004 to present day).

* A wide range of Yoga, dance, mental health, wellbeing, embodiment and movement-related qualifications and experience – see the Yoga, Dance & Movement Page to find out more.