I love to get people singing! I’ve worked in schools, community centres, nurseries , family centres, youth theatres, care homes, in a stroke recovery unit and with the homeless. I coached a massed choir for Age UK performing in the Sheldonian Theatre Oxford and set up classes with Parkinson’s UK, conducting in Christ Church Cathedral. I performed in Orlando Gough’s Breath Project at The Northwall and in Emma Webb’s Soul at The Old Fire Station. I have taken on community choirs and built my own groups and ensembles establishing my freelance practice.
The common philosophy of the Natural Voice Network is to embrace singers of all abilities without judgement or audition and make a safe space in which to experience the joys of harmony singing. I work to this ethos.
In my choirs you’ll be introduced to an interesting range of music which is made accessible by clear teaching and sensitivity to peoples’ different ways of learning. Singing in harmony is a communal art form and a life-affirming experience. You are guaranteed to enjoy a sense of accomplishment and connection whilst lighting up multiple areas of the brain.
“A singing group is more than a choir”: Rhiannon
My initial musical background was formed by playing the French Horn in bands and orchestras as a young person in Cornwall. I worked in London in Theatre Costume for many years and later as a gardener in Oxford . My singing work took off after I found myself singing nursery rhymes and camp songs to my children and I was invited to share these with other parents in a baby group. Quite by chance I attended Polly Bolton’s Oak Barn workshops and experienced a singing epiphany – deciding to develop the joy of singing in harmony together with others in the community and become a Natural Voice Practitioner .