Growing up as a vicar's daughter in Hampshire, I grew up in an environment rich in music, assuming that it was perfectly natural and normal to stand up and perform in front of a crowd, or break into song around the family dinner table! I began playing the piano very young, and my first vocal performance was of the carol 'Love Came Down at Christmas' to a carol concert of 2000 people at the age of 10. My love affair with music continued throughout school, where I received cello lessons and took GCSE and A-Level music, playing lead roles in several stage musical productions and singing with the sixth-form guitar band (Leicester's answer to Oasis)!!
I received rave reviews in local papers in Munster, Germany, while singing lead soprano in Faure's Requiem and other pieces with our school choir. I was encouraged at this point by my music teacher, Julian Taylor, to enter a song writing competition. I was writing more and more and teaching myself acoustic guitar at this point, and a few years later in my first year at the London College of Music in Ealing, I won international song writing competition 'Unisong' and got the opportunity to collaborate with artsists such as the Police, REM, Gladys Knight, Peter Frampton and Mick Fleetwood in Havana, Cuba. My passion for popular music, from the folk duets my parents used to perform together to singing with 10-piece soul function bands, has always been present, while during my degree course I developed my stage skills and musical theatre technique, as well as training as a classical soprano.
I am always looking to improve my skills as a teacher and to share the extensive experience I am priveleged to have had. I have learnt from my students over the years, from adults undertaking my song writing workshop and my beginners' choir at the Working Men's College for Men and Women in Camden, to young Mia, aged 4, who bowled me over with her diligence and enthusiasm for singing lessons at Stage By Stage theatre school in Exeter, Devon, always turning up early and demonstrating amazing natural ability. I believe that anybody - everybody - can improve their singing, whatever their natural talent, and things such as tuning can be worked on if genuine effort and commitment are applied.
As well as being committed to helping willing students, I am out performing in bands and choirs all the time, so I can bring the benefit of regularly testing my skills in a real-life performing capacity to my teaching. I can also assist in things like microphone technique, interpretation and style, ensemble performing, networking and dance skills. For me, one of the best things about singing is the confidence and self-knowledge it gives you, and I enjoy seeing children progress and flourish in this way. Adults can also derive tremendous cathartic and recreational benefits from regular singing, and whether I am teaching voice or guitar, I always make sure everybody has lots of fun!
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