I've always been an alto. I've sung in small choirs through to large choruses (London Symphony Chorus and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir). After moving to the north east in 2005 and joining the Chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia, the opportunities have been huge. As well as being able to sing as a soloist with local groups, Voices of Hope has provided me with a chance to do some really interesting pieces (world premieres seem to be a habit) as well as meet and sing with some great people. To date, the most exciting project was Steamsong by John Kefala Kerr at Shildon Railway Museum and the Gala Theatre, Durham. By day, I work in clinical research as well as my role as a taxi service for 3 growing boys.
I started singing when I was 8 and achieved my grade 8 as a mezzo soprano by the time I was 14. Gaining a music scholarship at school gave me many opportunities to perform solos in the area and our choir won Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year in 2005. I did not sing formally while living in Paris and Slovakia, and realised how much I missed it when I joined the Chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia on moving to Newcastle. I was thrilled to be invited to sing with Voices of Hope earlier this year and there is never a moment when I don’t enjoy singing with the choir. By day I work in Public Health, promoting the huge health and wellbeing benefits of singing!
I have been singing for as long as I can remember, but only started seriously when was at university. Since then I've hardly stopped singing...I was in all the choirs available at University as well as holding a Choral Scholarship at St Barnabas Cathedral, I'm a member of the Chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia, and currently a Lay Clerk at Newcastle Cathedral as well as appearing regularly as a soloist throughout the North East. By day I'm also a singing teacher! Voices of Hope is definitely one of the most enjoyable, high quality, and rewarding choirs I've been in; it's hard to pick just one concert that stands out for me! Performing Steamsong at the National Railway Museum in Shildon was pretty spectacular, as was performing at the Newcastle Metro Radio Arena, but I think my favourite will always be the very first concert back in 2011 - it was the moment we realised that the choir had the potential to be something very special, and that passion and energy still exists within the choir today.
Although born in Liverpool, I have made the North East my home since gaining a degree in Sciences at Newcastle University. After choral and solo experience with various Newcastle societies, my solo work developed under the teaching of Clarice Stringer. I gained further choral and solo experience with the Chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia and small group singing with Musica Johannis. I have appeared as soloist with a number of choirs in the area including Royal Northern Sinfonia, and was also part of a select group picked to sing David Lang's The Little Match Girl Passion in 2011, and Statement to the Court in 2012.
My solo repertoire includes works by Purcell, Bach, Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, Charpentier, Vivaldi, Mendelssohn, and Rossini, as well as Handel's Messiah and Judas Maccabeus.
I joined Voices of Hope for its inaugural concert in 2011.
I started singing at the age of nine when I auditioned for a local girls’ choir, Cantamus, and have never looked back! With the choir I discovered my love of singing, got to travel the world and made some great friends. Since moving to the North East, I joined the Chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia, and then Voices of Hope. I find it really rewarding singing in such a small ensemble and in the two years I’ve been in the choir we’ve already worked on some fantastic projects. I particularly enjoyed working with John Keffala Kerr on his Steamsong opera and I’m looking forward to future projects with the choir.
Music is what brought me to the North East; completing my BMus Music degree at Newcastle University. It was there I really developed a love of singing, so I took lessons and quickly joined several choirs. I have since joined the Chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia and met some fantastic like-minded people. After joining Voices of Hope for the amazing Steamsong in July, I am extremely looking forward to participating in my first regular choral concert this November!
By day, I am proud to work at Sage Gateshead, producing the In Harmony programme; the Venezuelan El Sistema-inspired model, bringing orchestral music to a school in Elswick. I am also a violinist and regularly play with local orchestras.