Singing

I have always loved singing and was lucky to grow up in a household where music was important whether it was The Beatles, pieces of famous classical music or ‘world’ music from other cultures – something was always playing in the car or at home.

I am into a really wide range of music and I don’t understand when people seem bemused that I like opera, classical, reggae, dub, ska, klezmer, folk, 60s pop, grunge, retro close harmony a cappella and much more!

I was lucky to start singing lessons from the age of 6 through school and I haven’t stopped singing since then, in choirs at school, universities and then semi professionally in chamber choirs.

I have been classically trained in singing and completed the 8 grade examinations. Singing in a choir is brilliant – there are so many benefits! Working on a piece and getting it to performance level can be challenging and is very rewarding. Performing balances adrenaline and nerves and it’s a great feeling of pride when the audience shows their appreciation at the end! Singing in a choir involves many skills and also means that you are part of a team and are involved in a wonderful community of creative, talented people.

solo singing at a friend's wedding

Having sung in choirs throughout my schooling, entering solo and choral competitions including at the Eisteddfod as well as singing in choir tours in Spain and Italy, I have sung in University Chamber Choirs at Sussex and Leicester and Pisa. A memorable singing moment from that time was singing with many other Italian University choirs in a private part of the Vatican, inside St Peter’s Basilica, Rome.

I now sing in the English Chamber Choir which involves weekly rehearsals in the City and frequent performances at St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square as well as other London venues,. We make recordings of our work and have a wide repertoire ranging from classical crowd pleasers like Mozart’s Requiem to prog rock singing for Rick Wakeman! I get to sing in fantastic venues for all different kinds of events with a variety of creative people.

Hear and seeĀ  English Chamber Choir singing

I have sung solos including ‘The Mouse’ from Benjamin Britten’s ‘Rejoice in the Lamb’ at St James the Great in Leicester, ‘Tecum Principium’ from Handel’s Dixit Dominus at St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe in the City, London and most recently I have sung the Pie Jesu from Faure’s Requiem at St-Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London.