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Portfolio

I am a member of the Musicians' Union.
I am a proud member of the Natural Voice Practitioners Network.
I am CRB checked.
I have Public Liability Insurance.

My work really has me back and forth doing all sorts of fun stuff. I have just given information on my 'best bits'.

Hoot

After working at Hoot as a volunteer in 2008, I became employed as a musician and Project coordinator in 2009. I am still working there now. Running the choir 'Sing Your Head Off', the Guitar Orchestra, and a cross art forms project called 'Creative Explorers' collaborating with Dance, Drama and Film artists. My most recent project is working on a project called 'Vocality', working with Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Kirklees, sharing songs from different cultures and using singing as a tool for aiding English language.

I continue to work with the Sing Your Head Off singing groups for adults with mental health issues and with Hoot's choirs for over-55s.

LCM

Most recently I have been working at Leeds College of Music doing 'Family Music making' workshops. Me and Families with children aged 4-10 made some homemade instruments and composed original compositions.

Kaninchen

In 2014 I got Arts Council Funding to go to New York for Bobby McFerrin's renowned Circlesongs course. During this week we explored singing improvisation. It's very hard for me to sum up all that I learnt. I have been running workshops since I came back, and did a full set of improvisation (video) with my loop pedal under my solo performing name 'Kaninchen'.

Calderdale Youth Service

Between 2009-11 I worked at Calderdale Youth Service. Mainly working with the disabilities group, delivering music activities and supporting the young people to take part in activities such as wall climbing, kayaking, horse riding etc. I have also occasionally worked with the Youth Service Rock-School/Arts night.

Powerplay: Music Leader

In 2012 I worked on a project called Powerplay. This project brought five local schools together to create a choir in the centre of Dewsbury.

Jessie's Fund

I continue to work with the York based charity Jessie's Fund. Currently I am working in a school in Scarborough, teaching guitar to young people on the Autistic Spectrum.
In 2010 I worked on the Soundtracks programme (a nationwide project taking place in special schools) We created multi-sensory experiences for the groups and produced a performance at the end of a five-day block of sessions. This included storytelling, songwriting, short composed pieces and one to one sessions. During this project I mentored a local peripatetic music teacher on ways of working in SEN schools.

HCMF

In 2010 I worked with the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival to deliver a week long set of workshops in Dewsbury, entitled Sound Playground. The project was aimed at Primary age children and their adults getting involved in music making with a set of musical sculptures provided by the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ concert hall in Amsterdam.

In 2011 I took part in a project exploring the sonic possibilities of Rhubarb for the HCMF.