I started singing at primary school, in London, and have continued a musical path ever since, taking up the violin, viola and piano, and studying Music at university, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. I have sung with Voices of Hope since it was formed, and it’s certainly a thoroughly enjoyable choir to be part of, working with talented, committed singers, for some really exciting projects and concerts. I recently performed on Radio 3’s The Choir programme, as part of their Free Thinking Festival at Sage Gateshead, with another choir I sing in, and aside from singing, much of my spare time is taken up with string quartet gigs.
In 2007 I moved to the North East to study Music at Newcastle University and have never looked back! At this time I started studying singing with Poppy Holden from whom I continue to learn so much. Voices of Hope is a pleasure to be a part of; I am particularly looking forward to our upcoming Christmas concert which is always a real festive treat! Aside from VOH, I am a member of the Chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia at Sage Gateshead and also enjoy an active schedule as a soprano soloist for choirs across the region. Day to day, I pass on my love of music and singing in particular within my role as Head of Performing Arts at a local secondary school.
Born and brought up in Perth, Scotland, I studied singing at both the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music. While I was studying, I received various prizes including Scottish Opera’s John Noble Bursary.
As a soloist, my concert performances include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the Barbican Hall in London, and Bach’s St Matthew Passion, with Sir David Willcocks. Operatic roles include Mimi (La Boheme), which I understudied for Scottish Opera. As a member of English National Opera from 1996 to 2004, I understudied various roles including Pamina (Magic Flute), and Anna (Nabucco).
Since moving to the North East with my young family, I perform regularly as a soloist and with Voices of Hope, in addition to teaching.
I started singing as soon as I could, joining the village church choir aged only 7 and being in choirs all my life since My solo work includes many of the major oratorio works, from Mendelssohn Elijah (“the Youth” at 16 was my first paid gig!) to Mozart, Faure and Vaughan Williams, and I have performed solos on several occasions with Royal Northern Sinfonia. I sing regularly in the North East and the South West as a soloist, and have performed several popular recitals in both regions.I have been in Voices of Hope since its inception, my highlight probably being Steamsong – the John Kefala Kerr opera we performed in Durham in summer 2014.
Born in Sheffield, I embarked on my musical career at the age of four with piano lessons with Margot Pacey, but soon added flute, 'cello and voice and immersed myself in playing and singing with many orchestras and choirs. I went on to study Music at Newcastle University as a classical singer, under Richard Wistreich, and now enjoy a full-time teaching career in school - with added responsibilities as Music Coordinator - alongside engagements as a soprano soloist.
I do also enjoy singing a diverse range of musical styles as a soloist, from jazz and blues to opera and oratorios and travel widely performing at weddings, gigs and concerts. I first officially met Voices of Hope in 2013 when they performed as the choir for the premiere of Agustín Fernández' opera Prison Letters, in which I played the role of Angela. I look forward enormously to working on other similarly exciting and challenging projects with Voices of Hope and to furthering my choral career with such dedicated and vibrant singers.