Martina is a musician, composer, songwriter, performer and choir leader. She currently runs Hackney Song Works community choir in North London as well as an elder’s group, singing fun and soulful songs from around the world, often her own arrangements and compositions, sometimes accompanied by her accordion. Martina has also written and published songbooks & CDs for children and is touring her language learning songs world wide.
Martina holds a degree in educational studies (University of Cologne) and a music teaching Diploma (Trinity college London). She has been dedicated to music from a young age. She sang in school choirs, the Rhineland Chamber choir, in the London Georgian choir “Maspindzeli”. She taught herself the accordion when she was 12. She now performs with and writes for the instrument and also accompanies her choir when not singing acappella.
Her musical creations are influenced by classical, traditional and folk music from around the world. Her compositions have mainly been heard in productions she has been involved in as a musician and performer, amongst others: the Arcola Theatre, Sadlers Wells, Laban Theatre, Lilian Baylis Theatre, the Place, the South Bank Centre, the Grant Museum (UCL), Spitalfield Festival and various Goethe-Institutes worldwide.
Other collaborations with companies and artists include: Green Candle Dance Company, Protein Dance, London Bubble Theatre, Théâtre sans Frontières, Shared Experience, Kölner Stunksitzung, Stanley Hall Opera, Lina Lapelyte and Jocelyn Pook. Most recently she set some of the 3 witches’ text of Shakespeare’s Macbeth to music for a RADA production.
Martina also writes children songs and has released several songbooks & CDs in collaboration with the Goethe Institute London. She tours her song program “Learn German with Songs” for young audiences worldwide.
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