I am a song-writer and music teacher.
Currently Midlands-based, I was born and raised in Yorkshire, where my interest in music was cultivated. Growing up, I learned the piano, sang in numerous choirs and performed in various music ensembles. I went on to read Music and English at Lancaster University, then gained my PGCE in Music at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge.
I’ve held Head of Music teaching posts in schools across the UK, from Torquay to Nottingham, Wakefield to Coventry. Whilst teaching, I developed a keen interest in directing school choirs, organising concerts and writing & arranging musical programmes.
I still teach part-time, whilst also taking an opportunity to focus on my own music and song-writing. Over recent years, I’ve collaborated with a diverse range of musicians, through song-writing and as a recording vocalist, featuring on several independent albums.
I had notable song-writing successes in 2015/16, with four of my songs reaching the semi-finals of the UK Songwriting Competition.
In 2017, another of my songs ‘Open Your Eyes’ was used as the set piece in heats of the Last Choir Singing competition in Lancashire, with over 60 primary school choirs performing the song in prestigious venues such as the Blackpool Tower Ballroom.
Most recently, my song ‘Share It’ was chosen for the 2018 repertoire of the Blackburn Cathedral Sing Together project – a six month outreach programme that trains over 250 teachers and 3500 primary school children, culminating in a week of concerts at St George’s Hall in Blackburn.