Janet is a singer/songwriter and workshop leader with experience of working with people of all ages and abilities including those with additional needs.She is currently facilitating three choirs; Quirky Choir in Doncaster, Sheffield Socialist Choir and Retford Community Singers.
She is also a member of the core artists’ team at darts, Doncaster Community Arts, where her projects range from using Makaton and music to enhance the communication of children and young people with disabilities, to singing and creating songs with people living with dementia and their carers. Janet loves to work collaboratively with other artists: recent projects include creating songs for Quirky Choir with poet Ian McMillan and musicians Luke Carver Goss, Hayley Youell and Lucky Moyo. She is currently involved in a songwriting project in two communities in Doncaster targeted particularly at adults experiencing mental health issues.
Janet was born in Burton-on-Trent, and followed a traditional classical musical education through school and Birmingham University (there wasn’t much choice at the time!), fulfilling a desire for broader experience by singing in folk clubs. She became a schoolteacher in Doncaster but left as creativity began to be squeezed out of the system. She was delighted to discover community arts and the Natural Voice movement and now happily (most of the time!) juggles all the strands of her very rewarding work plus her own desire to write and perform songs herself. She now lives in Retford, Nottinghamshire.