Teaching and Conducting

Based in Birmingham, I run a successful teaching practice offering lessons and workshops privately and through schools. My students are of all ages and backgrounds, and targets vary from learning specific repertoire to gaining a grade qualification or auditioning for choirs and music courses. I believe singing is a wonderful expression and vehicle for personal development that can give anyone a deep sense of satisfaction, joy, and when needed, emotional support and growth. This belief underpins my practice as both a teacher and conductor, and I consider it essential that every individual is offered the opportunity to find and develop their own voice.

Still, I have been lucky enough to work with many talented, dedicated and ambitious students who have succeeded in their various targets. For example, students have achieved Grade 1-8 and diplomas in ABRSM, Trinity and LCM Music Theatre Exams, gained choral scholarships at Cambridge, joined national singing programs such as the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain and the National Youth Musical Theatre company and many also perform with the CBSO choruses and the Cathedral choir here in Birmingham. Some have also gone on to study Musical Theatre and Jazz at university level, and a former student is now performing in the West End. Currently, I teach at King Edward VI Camp Hill Girls’ School, King Edward VI Camp Hill Boys’ School and  King Edward VI High School for Girls in Birmingham.

As a Choral Conductor, I am currently the Assistant Musical Director for the choir Tarantara and the Assistant Conductor for the St Martin in the Bullring Evensong Choir and  have long been working with many Birmingham choirs on a temporary basis, including Phoenix Singers, Midlands Hospital Choir, Handsworth Community Choir and Canoldir Male Voice Choir. I also have a particular interest in adolescent voices and have in the past directed several school choirs, including starting up a choir for secondary school boys at King Edward VI Aston School. My research in this area resulted in a paper on “Attitudes to Singing in Adolescent Males”, due to be presented at the British Voice Association Conference ‘Choice for Voice’ 2021.