Co-founder of Music In Our Bones with Fran and Tracy. Deeply passionate about what singing with others in a circle offers each other I rediscovered my own voice when 7 months pregnant with my first child and attending Shared Voices led by Sian Croose in East Bergholt. Overwhelmed by being part of such a wonderful sound, singing for the first time since childhood, asking ‘where has this been all my life?’ I have never let it go again!
One of my greatest pleasures is seeing the difference a couple of hours of singing together makes to individuals who arrive as individuals carrying their own burdens and leave physically changed by the circle of song. The sound created, which is always lovely, is made by the presence of each person there…and that’s a wonderful thing to know, that YOU matter and make a difference. One day we must take a before and after collection of photos as participants arrive and when they leave, it’s magical stuff!
Professional qualifications and areas of expertise/special areas of interest
Paediatric Occupational Therapist working with children and adolescents with emotional and behavioural difficulties as a play therapist and currently with pre-school children with additional needs and their families for the local NHS.
A regular workshop participant and singer with a full range of natural voice practitioners at full days, residential weekends and week-long camps.
Singer and performer with Way Beyond the Blue, a women’s acapella group.
Team-teaching ,Training experience
Team-taught with Fran Flower and Tracy Sharp starting with Suffolk Family Carers and HeartSong for more years than any of us can reliably remember! Since our early days have sung alongside Helen, Ian, Denise, Mark and Trish and now regularly teach with Tracy, Fran and Ian. The joy of sharing the responsibility of the session with such wonderful people is a constant source of delight in my life.
Lead YoxVox Community Choir
Have started supporting Ali Burns in her workshops and weekends around the country which has been a delight and I hope develops further
Attend Natural Voice Workshops and training days : Sian Croose, Frankie Armstrong, Alison Burns, Helen Chadwick, Nick Prater etc
Carry It On – NVN training weekend 2014 Annual gathering
On-going meetings with Music In Our Bones singing leaders to evaluate and share ideas and at bi-annual Norfolk and Suffolk Natural Voice leaders residential.