I have studied Classical Vocals, Popular Music, Music Technology and went on to secure a degree in Jazz Vocals. Knowing that I was eager to teach, I then went on and completed a PGCE in music and Special Educational Needs at Leeds University.
Having had ten years of teaching Music and Expressive Arts in secondary education I went on to teach vocals, keyboard and deliver National Curriculum Music classes to different schools in Leeds. I am currently Vocal Co-ordinator for ArtForms and I also used to teach vocals at Stage ‘84,
Stagecoach and Northern Film and Drama. I started working as a musical director from the age of 16 and have composed and arranged music for original songs and plays. I have performed in or been musical director for shows performed at York Theatre, Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre, Carriageworks, Riley Smith Theatre, Wakefield Opera House, Elizabeth Hall London and
received an outstanding performance award which led to performing at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
As well as composing music for radio, I have also been successful in composing a song for Children In Need which led to a CD being produced to be sold to the public and recently had the privilege of playing keyboard and singing at Leeds Arena along with hosting ArtForms’ annual Big Sing held at Leeds Town Hall.
I am from West Lothian, Scotland, and am a Soprano. I graduated with a First Class Degree in
Classical Vocal Performance at Leeds College of Music under the tutelage of Geraldine Cassidy. I now teach singing around Yorkshire to many young up and coming performers.
I was a musical theatre performer for many years attending UK Theatre School in Glasgow, where I performed in many musicals and cabaret performances. I am also a member of the National Burns Federation Scotland, having performed all over Scotland with the Burns Federation at many large Burns Suppers and functions, including being the first and only female performer at the No.1 Masonic Lodge in Edinburgh. Along with this the Burns Federation flew me over to Russia in 2013 to
perform on Russian TV and to sing at many events around St Petersburg including a performance for the Russian consulate.
During my time at music conservatoire, I sang roles such as “Barbarina” in Mozart’s Le nozze di
Figaro and “Touriere” in Giacomo Puccini’s Suor Angelica, alongside members from Opera North. As
well as performing in the chorus and as a featured soloist in The Beggars Opera, I also performed
in the newly written opera ‘The Paradise Club’ in a principal role. I have performed in many concerts
and recitals at venues such as Leeds Town Hall, Cathedral & Trinity Church, as well as various venues
I trained at Newcastle University, receiving a BA in Music, 2:1. I majored in Jazz Vocals and had a great time as the lead singer in the University Big Band. I then trained in Sydney, at the Conservatorium, where I further developed improvisation and harmony skills. Returning to England I worked at The King Alfred School in Hampstead London, as Vocal Coach and leading the Middle School Choir – working with some internationally successful artists.
I returned to Leeds and began my role at ArtForms, whilst completing a Masters Degree in Performance at Leeds Beckett University. I researched the power of communal
singing and developed repertoire for School Choirs and brought schools together for a performance in the City Centre. I also led the Middle School’s Choir for ArtForms and always enjoy our celebration of singing at the annual concert in the Town Hall.
I love working with young people, singing is my passion and it is my honour to develop young musicians as part of the ArtForms team.