About my teaching...
As a singing teacher, I am deeply committed to helping people find their unique voice and their individual way of communicating with it.
Every singing journey is a personal one and each step along the path can be seen as developmental and a
journey towards awareness.
When you sing, you connect and when you connect you are truly alive!
My lessons, among other things, place a strong emphasis on singing with the whole mind and body, understanding the breath and how to connect to it and it and awakening the imagination and awareness so that the voice can truly 'sing itself'.
During my career as a singer I have enjoyed, studied and performed Lieder, Melodie, Chanson, English and Italian song, opera and Oratorio. I have also studied and sung jazz.
Past teachers and coaches include Christian Gerhaher, Sarah Walker, Malcolm Martineau, Julius Drake, Iain Ledingham, Christopher Glynn, Chris Ingham, Judith Howarth, Jennifer Dakin, Ann de Renais, Pat MacMahon, and, currently, Mary Plazas.
I look forward to meeting you and walking with you
on your singing journey.
How it all started...
I have greatly enjoyed my singing journey. At school I sung in the choir and the jazz band. In those very early days I was also delighted to be crowned the Suffolk Vocal Champion two years running by Mark Wildman and Graham Trewe respectively. Unbeknownst to me at the time, these experiences would set me on the path towards being a professional singer.
Since then I have received a Masters degree in performance with Distinction under Sharon Choa at UEA and gone on to study further, at postgraduate level, with the singer, Judith Howarth at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
I have also participated in numerous courses, including those at Aldeburgh and with the Oxford Lieder Masterclass series. These have included work with inspiring artists and singers including Christian Gerhaher, Gerold Huber, Richard Stokes, Roger Vignoles, Marie Mclaughlin, Sarah Walker, Theresa Cahill and Malcolm Martineau.
For 17 years I have been dedicated not only to developing a full and balanced knowledge of vocal technique and connection, but also to understanding and knowing my self as a ‘singing actor’. I still have lessons myself from time to time with the marvellous, Mary Plazas and have also studied with Judith Howarth, Ann de Renais, an associate teacher of David Jones; Fiona Dobie and Patricia MacMahon.
This time spent in developing perception of how to move the voice forward and connecting voice and ‘self’ is a skill that that I love to pass on to those that come to me to learn to sing.
I also think it is very important to enjoy the process and have some fun!