My love of music has seen me have a career as a singer for over 20 years at a top international level performing with most of the leading musicians and singers of this time.
I have been very privileged and lucky. This wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t had encouragement and opportunity.
As an educator, I see that as my role. To encourage a passion for singing, and to give them the opportunity to realise their desire to perform.
One part was missing from my early music education though – the opportunity to access quality vocal training.
This is something I have a passion for. I have an excellent understanding of how the voice works and how to use it, and a set of techniques to help students access their own vocal potential in a fun and engaging way.
Education & Training
My entire career has been an education in itself. I have had top level coaching and experience of singing as a soloist with the top artists of recent years.
My technique has been developed through training with top singing teachers , and working with top singers conductors and repetiteurs over a 20 year period
In addition, I have had training in how to teach music, and have attended many courses and seminars about how the voice functions and how it works.
Here is a summary of my recent qualifications:
Music Educator Programme – Diploma Access to Music (Distinction) (2008) Preparedness to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTTLS) level 4 (2008)
In addition I have a BA (Hons) degree in Government and Sociology and an MSc in Science and Technology Policy Studies.
Studied singing privately with
- Elisabeth Abercrombie,
- Dennis Wicks,
- Laura Sarti,
- Norman Bailey
- Robert Alderson.
Attended workshops on Belting and Other Essential Musical Theatre Qualities – Royal Academy of Music 28th Jan 2007
The developing voice (Vocal Process) 17th March 07
Estill Level 1 and 2 training April 2007
Estill Anatomy and Acoustics workshop July 2007
|2002-||Freelance Opera Soloist and Private Teacher|
|1999-2002||Principal Bass, English National Opera, London|
|1994-1999||Freelance Opera Soloist|
|1989-1994||Principal Bass, Royal Opera House, London|
|1987-1989||Freelance Opera Soloist|
|1984-1987||Actor Glyndebourne Opera House, Sussex|
Royal Opera House:
Colline (Boheme), Lodovico (Othello), First Nazarene, First Soldier (Salome), Theseus (Midsummer Night’s Dream), Jake Wallace (Fancuilla), Count Ribbing, Silvano (Ballo), Haly (Italiana), Ancient Hebrew (Samson et Delilah), Capellio (Capuletti e Montechi), Angelotti (Tosca), Speaker (Magic Flute), Don Fernando (Fidelio), Hobson (Grimes), Timur (Turandot), Walter Furst (Guillame Tell), Dr Grenville (Traviata), Ceprano (Rigoletto), Hans Foltz, Nightwatchman (Meistersinger), Nikitich (Boris), Walton (Puritani), Truchess von Waldburg (Mathis de Mahler), Pope (Attila), Count Lamoral (Arabella), Pietro (Simon Boccanegra)
English National Opera:
Basilio (Barber), Colline (Boheme), Daland (Dutchman), Kommisar (Rosenkavalier), Bartolo (Figaro), Sparafucile (Rigoletto), Sarastro (Flute),
Theseus (La Fenice, Aix Festival), Basilio (Tours), Mamma Agata, Varlaam (Nantes), Angelotti (Hong Kong Festival, Reisopera), Raleigh (Barcelona),