Having grown up with classical music, playing both cello and piano, Jane discovered the worlds of radical and community singing in her 30s. She feels very lucky to be able to earn a large part of her income from community song leading and sees herself as working at the intersection between health and wellbeing (she is also a trained social worker), the arts and activism. Jane believes that song can effect meaningful change, both individually and politically and facilitating singing is an essential part of both her political activism and her community building work. She writes harmony songs and enjoys the process of bringing words and music together to craft a song and see what emerges.
She has over 20 years experience in leading community singing groups, initially with Protest in Harmony, Edinburgh’s radical street choir. She also leads Portobello Community Choir,
The Warblers singing groups for people with chronic lung conditions, Portybellas, a small women’s acapella group and the Rebellious Singers (XR singing group).
She is an experienced group facilitator and community worker and has worked within the disability movement for the last 30 years. ‘I am passionate about bringing diverse groups of people together, empowering people through singing, and connecting to both the big and small events in our everyday lives through song. My singing highlights include co-leading a choir of over 250 people from across Britain for the Guid Cause re-enactment of the women’s suffrage march in Edinburgh in 2009, leading singing of apple wassails at our local community orchard each January and facilitating song writing with The Warblers as part of an Edinburgh international Book Festival project in 2020.’