I trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama first as a jazz vocalist and then on the Mmus Leadership course. Since then my practise has evolved to encompass theatre, solo and ensemble performance and creative facilitation. Over the last 10 years, I have lead creative workshops in a range of contexts from psychiatric units to abandoned cinemas, from orchestral halls to farms both here in the U.K. and in other places such as: India, West Africa, Indonesia, Singapore, Ireland, Japan and Bosnia. My performances are inspired by these experiences.
I lived in London for 11 years and, alongside a career as a performer and creator, I worked mainly with London's homeless community leading the musical activities at Crisis. I also tutored students at the GSMD to work with music as a therapeutic tool in various health care and educational settings. These days I live in the depths of the countryside on the Anglo/Welsh borders in an old chapel on top of a hill where I sing and compose with my new trio Mandra, psychedelic 4 piece band Psycho Betty and run 2 choirs. I continue to work using music as a therapeutic tool, running regular 'Singing for the Brain' sessions for the Alzheimers Society, a weekly song writing workshop at The Cart Shed for ex military with PTSD and people living with other mental heath issues, working with Livewire teaching singing Hereford P.R.U, alongside other exciting freelance projects. I am currently working on a composition commission involving 5 schools across Worcestershire culminating in a run of performances at Worcester cathedral in May and composing the music for Feral Productions latest piece - Hush Now.
I stand for exposing things:- issues that I feel need talking about, processes that I feel should be shared. I like finding the idea that is hidden, finding potential and nurturing it, bringing people together, asking questions, and listening to everything. I am in to creating environments in which ideas come alive, facilitating exploration for others and for myself and I like taking risks in both my workshops and my performance pieces. I am spontaneous; I like to make rules then break them. I like discovering new languages and challenging what it is to be a performer.
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