Donna-Marie studied voice privately with Isabel Morrow (1998-2007) and Alison Kettlewell (2007-2010) whilst pursuing a very busy and successful career in Media Advertising Sales and Sales Management. From 2004 until 2010 Donna-Marie juggled a semi professional singing career with “the day job” and finally took the plunge to go fully professional in 2010. It was also at this time that a chance meeting with a couple of very persistent and enthusiastic children, encouraged Donna-Marie to also branch into teaching singing.
Donna-Marie has performed in operas and opera galas as a solo artist and with various companies and societies throughout England and Europe.
Opera/Operetta Roles performed include Susannah (The Marriage Of Figaro), Witch/Lady In Waiting (Macbeth), Casilda (The Gondoliers), Melissa (Princess Ida) , Countess Ceprano (Rigoletto), Gianetta (The Elixir Of Love), Mabel (Pirates Of Penzance), Aline & Costance (The Sorcerer), Dido and Belinda (Dido & Aeneas) and Anna Gomez (The Consul).
Oratorio soloist work includes Little Organ Mass (Haydn), Regina Coeli KV108 (Mozart), Exsultate Jubilate (Mozart), Ich Bin Vergnugt Mit Meine Glucke (Bach), Laudate Dominum (Mozart), Goria (Poulenc), Gloria (Vivaldi), The Messiah (Handel), Mass In C Minor (Mozart) and soon Donna-Marie will be performing as the soprano soloist in The Seasons (Haydn) and Mendelssohn’s “Saint Paul”.
Over the last few years Donna-Marie has also performed at many exciting venues and events including: Buckfast Abbey, The Bahrain Grand Prix, The American Express Community Stadium Brighton, International Marbella Film Festival, Le Manoir Aux Qautre Saisons-Oxford, Marriott Hotel Group, The Goring Hotel-London, Ocean Village Festival Gibraltar, International Gibraltar Boat Show, Duquesa Castle Spain, El Monasterio De San Martin Spain, West Ham FC, Brighton & Hove Albion FC, the RNLI Proms, Torquay United FC, Exeter Chiefs RC, Torre Abbey, Powderham Castle and In 2010 Donna-Marie was shortlisted for the "BBC Radio 2 Dame Kiri Opera Prize".
Throughout 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 - Donna-Marie performed as a solo classical artist for Thomson Holidays 5* Sensatori Resorts in Tenerife, Crete and Egypt.
In April and May 2013 Donna-Marie performed to over 35,000 football fans at the Amex Stadium, Brighton for Brighton & Hove Albion and in August 2015 sang for a memorial match for Brighton & Hove Albion which was broadcast live on Sky TV.
Since 2015 Donna-Marie has enjoyed a busy performing life a little bit closer to home and regularly performs in Concerts, Events and Oratorio in the South West and is a regular soloist with Exeter based Staircase Opera.
Donna-Marie also run a very busy private singing and piano teaching practice from her music studio in Torquay (since 2010) and is Chamber Choir Director and Peripatetic Singing & Piano Teacher at the Maynard Independent Girls School in Exeter (since 2016) and has recently started studying the cello!