I cannot remember a time when I didn’t sing and it has always been a really important part of my life. Singing with family, friends and in groups and choirs has always been about having fun, trying new things and creating a joyful shared experience together, and I have learned a lot along the way from many different people. Learning to play a variety of instruments has also helped me develop my musical skill and knowledge. As a primary school teacher, I always encouraged the whole school to sing and used to take my little school choir and ukulele group out into the community to share music with others. Now as a singing leader, I try to help others find their voice and experience being part of something special together.
After leaving teaching, I began leading music for well being sessions in 2016, along with Mark Coburn, for family carers and those living with dementia in Stowmarket. We now also run singing groups supporting those living with Parkinsons, stroke and other brain injuries both in Care homes and out in the community.
During the pandemic, we did a lot of outdoor garden sings and, along with Tracy, we established a fortnightly ‘Singing for the Brain’ session on zoom through ‘Music In Our Bones’. This group has been a lifeline for many people who have felt very isolated and it has been wonderful to sing together with others from all around Suffolk.
I believe everyone can find and enjoy using their own voice to create a shared musical experience together full of fun, joy, belonging and harmony. I feel privileged to be working with others doing something I love.