I have always chosen to sing for my personal enjoyment and consequently I have always been a big believer and advocate in singing for fun.
Since embarking on my story of vocal discovery, I have been privileged to learn from some excellent tutors at the University of Sheffield, Stockholm University, Cardiff Metropolitan University, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Voice Study Centre (Voice Workshop) and am presently studying for a PhD at De Montfort University. I’ve had tuition from locally and internationally acclaimed singers and voice coaches in both classical and contemporary singing genres and regularly attend or run professional singer/teacher development courses. I am a Senior Lecturer and Tutor on the International MA programme in Applied Professional Practice and Work Based Learning (Voice Pedagogy) at Voice Study Centre specialising in Voice Pedagogy and Voice Health, whilst also teaching across Singing for health and the Performance Coaching pathway. In doing this I am able to coach other teachers embarking on their own research journey (and get to witness some truly incredible groundbreaking research as it happens – which is a real perk of the job!)
I have performed with many choirs, both as a soloist and as a member of the chorus and have sang in some wonderful locations including the Royal Albert Hall, St Martin in the Fields and St Pauls Cathedral as well as many smaller venues across England and Australia. I continue to book professional engagements at birthdays, weddings and funerals as well as session singing, studio work and various other roles including singing with The Baker Street Belles.
Composing film music: I wrote the theme song for the multi-award winning independent movie, The Slayers by John Williams (2016). I also scored the final theme for a short, poignant film, Accepting Help by Matthew Sandland (2017).
I am a vocal arranger, composer and MD with the local community choir MicWire and I work with local charitable and council initiatives in the entertainment, arts and health and well being sectors.
Throughout the years of my study, I have maintained one true focus and this is the voice. With a professional interest in singing and continued study of the anatomy and physiology, I promote artist-centered coaching for my students with a focus on healthy technique, emotional expression and performance confidence. My current research avenues include exploring ways to help singers living with allergies and a curiosity of how various breathwork strategies can be used for my clients – both vocalists and coachees.
Using my exemplary knowledge on how the larynx works and equipped with many years of singing experience, I love working as a vocal coach! Alongside teaching, I continue to sing myself, study, research and compile knowledge to pass on to the next generation. I hold a BA (Hons) in English Language and Linguistics and an MA in Applied Professional Practice (Voice Pedagogy).
My own research was nominated as a finalist for the Van Lawrence Prize by the BVA in 2016, I spoke at the Voice Geek Conference 2018 and 2019 and I took first prize for showcasing my work on body alignment for singers at the London College of Music “Teaching Singing in Higher Education – Core Competencies Voice Training”, judged by Gillyanne Kayes, Janice Chapman and Johan Sundberg.
I am a qualified Level 7 coach and mentor regularly working with corporate clients, business start-ups and other voice teachers and a member of the ICF. I am a certified CoreSinging® Teacher having worked closely with Meribeth Dayme; have attended Estill teacher Training Courses Level 1, 2 & 3 at The Royal Academy of Music with Anne-Marie Speed and Paul Farringdon; have completed the singing and advanced sing teachers retreat with Vocal Process and am an active member of the British Voice Association, Association of Teachers of Singing, The Musicians Union, The European Voice Teachers Association and The Global Breathwork Alliance.