My choirs are challenging, fun and immersive.
I teach polyphonic world music.
I have been running choirs and teaching songs to people in various settings for the past 20 years.
My larger community choirs are Springhill Singers and Acapellies.
I also ran The George Choir in the Forest of Dean from 2011 to 2022.
Having been an actor and theatre practitioner, I developed my love of composition and close-harmony singing through devising and touring shows.
My early childhood was spent singing in school and church choirs and performing in local theatre productions.
Much of my teaching work has been with young people on Drama, Music or Cultural trainings, namely for Stroud Youth choir, The Waldorf College, Stroud College, The Grange Camphill Community, The Asha Centre, The University of Gloucestershire and Gloucester International School.
I now run two thriving community choirs, a weekly singing morning in a residential home, weekly Singing for Wellbeing sessions in The Museum in the Park, drop-in singing for all (including babies and children) on a Tuesday morning and regular singing sessions for a Biographical Counselling training. I also lead occasional workshops and weekends.
I teach at Unicorn Voice Camp every summer.
I am currently composing a choral commission ‘Archaea’ for Bristol University’s Life Science Department. This will be premiered in October 2023.
Recently my interest has focused on making choral pieces which gather communities together in order to process the big events of our time, namely The Gratitude Project and Songs of Fortitude. These have toured to other towns. I am shaping a new piece called Unity/Devotion.
Acapellies is a non-auditioned community choir based in Stroud.
It has been running for 7 years and has recently developed into a 3 and 4-part performance choir.
The repertoire is mostly polyphonic songs from around the world.
Acapellies has been performing The Gratitude Project and Songs of Fortitude in response to the covid pandemic and the breakdown in community.
It is currently full with a long waiting list.
Tuesdays term-time 7.45-9.15pm
A new drop-in daytime choir in the Gold Room of the Centre for Science and Art in Stroud.
£6 cash on the door.
All welcome – including babies, toddlers and children.
Springhill Singers have been singing together for 16 years.
They are a community choir based in the Springhill Cohousing community, Stroud but are open to all local people joining.
They sing in 4 part harmony and are quick to learn and happy to connect with each other.
Most of the their repertoire is World Music but they also sing new compositions and old folk songs