About me

I learned the piano and violin from an early age, but my love for singing came slightly later, after joining a local children's choir in Oxfordshire which was run by a truly inspirational director, Lin Marsh. It is no exaggeration to say that it was Lin's buzzing enthusiasm and infectious passion for singing that inspired me to do the same. Since joining Lin's choir, I have continued to perform in vocal ensembles, such as Clare College Chapel Choir, Cambridge under Tim Brown, the Bath Camerata under Nigel Perrin, and more recently The Queen's College Choir, Oxford. Through these groups I've been part of several BBC Radio 3 broadcasts of Choral Evensong, world tours with the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and professional recordings with John Rutter and Bob Chilcott.

Alongside my own singing, I've always wanted to work in education with young people, so after my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Music at Cambridge University, I took on a PGCE in Secondary Music, and have since then been involved in music education in various secondary and primary schools. 

From the outset singing has been at the very core of my teaching, although I have taken every opportunity to set up choral groups of all age ranges alongside this, from audition-only chapel and chamber choirs to secular ensembles. I have particularly loved training boys choirs - their enthusiasm and energy as a group is so rewarding, and what a sound they can make! Massed voices of adults and young people alike can give a different buzz, and through a range of mini workshops, I gathered 130 voices for a performance of Fanshawe's spine-chilling African Sanctus in 2010 (see a clip here).

Keen to challenge my singers to achieve the very best (and following a lot of badgering from some particularly enthusiastic students) I entered two school choirs into a regional choral competition in 2006. For me, competitions are a double-edged sword: it can be so easy to forget that the goal is not to win but to give one's best performance;  if winning comes alongside this - that's a bonus. Seeing the energy in the faces of my singers, and hearing it in their sound, they did themselves proud; winning their respective 'Sacred Music' and 'Free Choice' categories was the bonus!

Besides purely musical activities within schools, I have been involved in theatrical projects, training choruses and soloists for vocal performances in musicals and operas, and working on strictly dramatic performances as a voice coach, teaching young people to use their speaking voices safely and to good effect in order to project their sound.


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