Music and singing has been a huge and loved part of my life for all of my life. My first singing performance was Three Little Kittens at the age of three… and ever since then, I’ve sung as a soloist, or in choirs.
After passing my ABRSM Grade 8 singing at the age of 17, I went to drama school, my theatre career spanning 20 years: alongside Rep Theatre, West End and tours was session singing, musicals and classical appearances such as Dido and Aeneas at St John’s, Smith Square in London.
After I left the theatre to bring up a family, I became a journalist (more about that elsewhere on my website) but music was still uppermost in my life. I began to conduct a local choir, I brushed up on my three and four-part harmony with the OU, and am now taking piano practice seriously again.
My taste in music is eclectic but has always veered towards the classical – Mozart and Rachmaninoff are my favourites – but you can give me The Traveling Wilburys, Ella Fitzgerald, Jacques Loussier or Peter Gabriel any time.
For the last five years I've been the Choral Director of a large choral society but have recently stepped down to pursue other music challenges. It wasn't an easy decision, having built up a considerable rapport with the choir over the years – the choristers have been hard-working, full of good humour and eager to learn. But there's now a new musical chapter in my life coming up.....!
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• Published at the end of October 2015, I wrote For the Love of Classical Music, which is a book both for readers who don’t know much about classical music, (or who think it’s all a bit ‘highbrow’), and also for those who do know something about it and would like to learn more. There are lots of interesting facts about composers, performers, musical periods and forms, anecdotes, jokes and all sorts. It’s a great read – I would say that, though! It's available on Amazon.