I graduated with a B.Mus.(Hons) degree from Cardiff University where I was awarded both the David Evans vocal prize and the Sir Geraint Evans scholarship given to singers providing an outstanding vocal performance in their final year recital. I thoroughly enjoyed singing with the National Youth Choir of Wales and was a founder member of the Welsh National Youth Opera. My roles included Orpheus in Gluck’s ‘Orpheus and Euridice’, Olga in Tchaikovsky’s ‘Eugene Onegin’ and The Sorceress in Purcell’s ‘Dido and Aeneas’.
I have had success in a variety of vocal competitions winning the Solo Opera competition in the National Eisteddfod in 2003 and the Lieder competition the following year. Shortly after completing my studies with a distinction I competed in the International Eisteddfod, Llangollen. I was delighted to come away with first prize in the over 25 Open Vocal competition.
In October 2003 I was delighted to be chosen as the female Welsh representative to sing the National Anthem prior to every Welsh match at the Rugby World Cup in Australia. I was honoured to be a member of the Rugby World Cup Choir, which performed at the opening and closing ceremonies.
After qualifying as a Primary School Teacher of Wales Institute, Cardiff, with a specialism in music, I continued my studies as a postgraduate student at the Vocal and Operatic school of the Birmingham Conservatoire, undertaking a course offering extensive tuition for aspiring professional singers. My performances included Hansel in Humperdinck’s opera ‘Hansel and Gretel‘ and Sarah in the premiere performance of ‘Dee‘, an opera commissioned for students of the Birmingham Conservatoire. Whilst there I was externally engaged to perform Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Solemn Vespers, Haydn’s Nelson Mass and performed a Handel cantata for alto and continuo for the Royal College of Organists.
I was offered a job shortly after with the Carl Rosa Opera company and completed two UK tours with them, the Buxton “Gilbert and Sullivan” Festival and a three month tour of America and Canada performing Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe, and The Mikado. During my employment with Carl Rosa I was also fortunate to freelance with Opera Project at the Longborough Festival and at performances in Bristol in the Cunning Little Vixen and The Magic Flute.
After starting a family, I have returned to teaching and have enjoyed teaching singing, covering a variety of genres, in a local secondary school for the last 9 years.
Music is my passion and I take great pleasure in seeing students grow in confidence and express themselves through music.
What I / we help young people achieve
With encouragement my students have grown in confidence with singing both in a group and as an individual. In my lessons I work at the student's pace and I do not rush or pressure them. I try to make lessons fun and interesting and to create a safe environment where students are willing to take a risk and try new material. I take time to find out what type of music the student enjoys but also try to take them out of their comfort zone to develop further.
Opportunities for children & young people
- To learn to sing
- To play, perform music with others
- To learn things about oneself , other subjects or life-skills through musical activity
- To develop their wellbeing
- Term Time
- After School
Working with special needs
Through teaching in several schools I have experience of working with students with a variety of special needs. I am used to differentiating lessons to cater for different needs so that all feel comfortable and supported to be able to progress and meet their targets.
- Singing / Voice
- Curriculum Music (Primary)
Qualifications, Grades & Certificates Taught
- Instrument grades
Musical Clusters Covered
- B-on-A / Corsham
- Calne & Melksham
- Trowbridge (CSL)
Carl Rosa Opera Company, Longborough Opera Festival, Opera Project, Abertillery Orpheus Male Choir, World Rugby IRB, British Youth Opera,
I also have references from parents of students I have taught. These are available on request.
My Training & Development
- I continue to undertake professional singing work to keep my own technique up to date. I am constantly looking for new and fresh ideas for warm ups and relevant repertoire for myself and my pupils.
- I had shadowed friends for the day who teach singing in London and Birmingham to look at and discuss their approach and techniques used with students.
- I have recently been involved with the Iford Opera school project ‘Gingerbread’ and took a class of Year 4 pupils to 3 workshops based around the opera ‘Hansel and Gretel’. I was able to gather fantastic ideas on vocal warm ups and teaching techniques for pupils of all abilities as well as assisting in the workshops.
- Outreach programme (singing coach) with dementia patients at a local residential home.