Hello, I’m Abi Moore!
I’m a singer/songwriter, but these days, I am most often Musical Director for my Lincolnshire choir Totally Vocally (previously Syncapella and Raised In Song.) I also lead Nottingham singing groups The Nottingham Voice Collective (harmony workshops open to all) and The Nottingham Peoples’ Choir (promoting wellbeing and good mental health). I am also a vocal workshop leader, specialising in teaching contemporary songs in acapella harmony, by ear. (You will never set your hands on a sheet of music or a score if you sing with me!) I also arrange and record music for acapella voices. I led the Stamford Arts Centre choir Woven Chords for two years, then specialising in world music.
I live in Nottingham, where I’m pretty active in the community, enjoying my work with the Nottingham Writers’ Network, the Actors’ Workshop and Fiesta Flamenco dance school. But above all that, I’m a music addict. For me, there’s nothing quite like the natural high of making music together with others and I aim to infect everyone else with that joy too!
My love of music started very early on and my school years involved singing and playing keyboards, drums and violin in school plays, musicals, choirs, jazz bands and orchestras. Whilst studying for my A Levels, I was also leading a gospel choir, performing with the Lincolnshire Youth Concert and Symphony orchestras, The Four Quarters String Quartet, the Boston Youth Jazz Orchestra and I was awarded Colours for Music for my contribution to my school’s musical life.
On leaving school, I was signed up by a handful of agents and started doing professional pop gigs around the country, singing to audiences of up to 15,000 people at venues like the London Palladium and the Galpharm Stadium, but I soon decided I wanted to perform my own songs in more intimate venues. I’ve not looked back since then and have released four albums and an EP on my own record label, toured the globe, and have supported artists such as 10CC, Midge Ure, Big Country, LAU and more.
But all the while, I was teaching. I never lost my passion for that. I’ve taught mums and tots in nurseries, children and teenagers in schools, colleges, hospitals and foster homes. I’ve taught adults in community centres, in prisons, on streets, in care homes, in stately homes and in churches. I’ve learned a lot about all sorts of different people from all walks of life, and I know that when we come together in song, we are all equal. I know that we can all be united when we work towards a common goal. And I get to see, every single week, how much joy can be brought to so many people through one amazing medium: music.
Some of those people still sing with me because they’ve become addicted to it. New singers come along and accidentally get hooked. I don’t really like the “choir leader” title. It sounds very formal. Really, I’m just a Spreader of Enthusiasm and a Getter of Good Noise. (Is that a job title?!)