Portishead near Bristol
Portishead near Bristol
Performer, song arranger, open access choirs, singing workshops, workplace choirs, singing for fun
Having been a singer and lover of vocal harmony all my life, I started teaching singing in the 1990s and started my first open access choir, Portishead Sound, in 2005. I love the sensation of singing in unaccompanied harmony; finding the centre of a note and blending it in a chord with other singers is uniquely satisfying. Teaching groups of people and giving them the tools to sing confidently and then to sing in harmony brings a whole other level of fabulousness! Group singing is uniquely beneficial to physical and mental health and has huge social and spiritual benefits. Everyone is welcome to my groups from experienced singers to complete beginners. I believe that everyone can sing.
Our sessions are always uplifting and inspiring. I teach songs by ear and the harmonies build like magic. Whether you are a confident singer or have only ever sung in the privacy of your own bathroom I will help you use your voice effectively and you’ll find yourself singing four part harmony without really trying.
I recently completed studies at the Royal College of Music Denmark (RAMA) on the Professional Masters course in Innovative Choir Leading.
Started in 2008, Clevedon a Cappella is an open access group for women singers. I teach the songs by ear; no music reading is required. We learn a wide variety of songs from jazz to pop and folk and songs from around the world in three part harmony. I provide recordings of the voice parts for practice in between sessions.
Mondays in term time 2 - 3.30pm
Started in 2005, this is an open access choir with around 60 members. Singers of all ability/experience welcome. I teach the songs by ear; no music reading is required. We sing a wide variety of songs from jazz to pop and folk and songs from around the world. I make recordings of the voice parts for practice in between choir sessions.
Wednesday evenings in term time from 7.30 to 9pm
I co-run this choir with Catherine Smith. Fast paced exciting choir learning a cappella arrangements of the best pop and rock classics. Open access, all taught by ear; no music reading required. Recordings of the voice parts are provided for learning in between choir sessions.
Thursday evenings in term time from 7.30 to 9.30pm