BiographyI picked up I guitar when I was 11, had guitar lessons... loved it.
I went for an audition to sing in a school play when I was 15, I cried because I was embarrassed about my voice.
I went to Leeds College of Music to do a BTEC National Diploma in Performance playing guitar.
From there I went to the University of Huddersfield to do a Degree in Music (again with the guitar). During my three years studying at Huddersfield I met some extraordinary people who showed me just what music making was about. I thank these people very much (they know who they are).
It was when I started volunteering at a charity called Hoot in Huddersfield in 2008 that I began to sing. Since that first day when I opened my mouth to sing with others, I knew that it was good for the soul.
Since then I have completed a MA in Community Music at the University of York and attended several courses, master classes, conferences and workshops in music making, composition, singing in all its forms, beat boxing, song writing. In August 2011 I attended a week long course for singing leaders by the Natural Voice Practitioners Network with Frankie Armstrong and Darien Pritchard. This course really supported what I already believed, but added more understanding and depth to my practice. I whole heartedly give myself to the NVPN way of working with the voice. www.naturalvoice.net
I now run several groups... but you can read about that in my portfolio, oh, and I sing in a Prince tribute band.
I have grown to believe that singing, strumming, plucking, moving and creating with other people is vital to wellbeing. It's good for your soul. It's what makes me tick.