A B I G V O I C E
MARIA SCOBEY-BA (Hons) M.R.E.C
A Professional Singer, Vocal & Performance Coach as well as 'Kids Party Entertainer'
*CRB Certified *Public Liability Insurance *Musicians Union Member *Private Teacher 9years+
*Maria’s an enthusiastic, confident vocalist with over 20 years worth of studio –recording and live performance under her belt. She is a gregarious character and a passionate, warm vocal coach. She has written articles for Musicians Union on being a ‘Vocal Coach’.
*Born in the West Country, Maria was drawn towards the Arts from the young age of six years old. She obtained Hons in her dance class exams and moved away to study for her BA Combined Hons Degree in Northamptonshire in 1995.
*Graduating in 98 as a Bachelor of Arts, having excelled in Drama, Music & Theatre she attended numerous Vocal Tutoring Courses, Singing Workshops and Seminars (including London’s Royal Academy of Music) to continue to develop her Singing and Vocal knowledge.
Maria moved to Buckinghamshire in 2001 where she met her husband Mark and became a Mum to their little boy. Here she worked closely with West End Performer Sally Taylor -(Lead in the musical ‘CATS’, ‘Singing In The Rain’ with Tommy Steele, ‘Starlight Express’) to help set up and run 'Performance Central', a Sing/Dance/Drama School-Berkhamsted and St.Albans.
*Having sung in pubs & clubs from the age of 18 years she has performed in many stage shows, as well as singing on Solo on cruise ships (‘Serenade’-Cypress-Eygpt, 12 deck giant ‘Brittany Ferries’ with 4piece Jazz/Covers band ‘Evolution’, various duo’s and bands (*‘San Rameo’-Originals 5 piece Band, *‘Whose Got The Dog’-10 piece functions band including a brass section, *Tequila Mockingbird-4 piece pop/soft rock band, *‘Cocktail’-Duo and *‘Cover-Up’-Duo with her husband, professional guitarist & Tutor, Mark Scobey).
*Armed with her degree and teaching qualification combined with her extensive personal experience, she set up her own company in 2006 'A BIG VOICE' - the umbrella name for various singing & performance related services (*Singing & Performance Tuition, *Tunes for Toddlers, *Corporate & Amateur Vocal Workshops, *Theatre Workshops, *Children’s Musical Party Entertainer, *S I N G-with A BIG VOICE Weekly Adult groups). She teaches all ages and abilities and tutors students preparing to take their ‘London College Of Music’ Exams.
*Maria has taught as a Peripatetic Music Teacher for Bucks Music Service in various Primary and Secondary Schools across Northants, Bucks and Herts, as well as being head-hunted to work direct for Private Schools (*Egerton Rothsay-Berkhamsted, *Tring Arts Education College, *Stage Coach, *John Collet-Wendover, *The Grove-Milton Keynes) where her own experience has been passed onto help keen students obtain their goals.
Maria's own voice is very flexible and easily adapts from singing funky/powerful Rocky covers, Motown and Pop to the softer ballads/slow dance/jazz melodies. She sings all genres of music her taste is rather eclectic, but she leans more towards Soul/Motown and Pop. As a studio artist she has recorded lead and backing vocals for various bands, some previously mentioned as well as ‘Elemental Joe’ and ‘King Click’. Maria's been in choirs and helped lead a few (Drayton Parslow Singers-Leighton Buzzard, Sing for Pleasure-Bierton, 'SING'-Aylesbury) and she continues to lead vocal projects in and around the local community, her most recent being ‘Talent Industry Academy Oxford’ & ‘S I N G for Good Health with A BIG VOICE’ for Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
Maria continues to run to teach big groups and one-one lessons alongside gigging solo across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Herts, Beds, London and the South East. She runs A BIG VOICE -Children Entertainment and other services under the A BIG VOICE umbrella name with an expanding team of dedicated individuals. www.abigvoice.co.uk