Martina is a musician, composer, songwriter, performer and choir leader. She has been leading community choirs for over 10 years and ran Hackney Song Works community choir in North London for 9 years. Martina now continues to be involved in community singing projects as well as professional theatre projects. Her own vocal arrangements and compositions can often be heard in various settings. Martina has also written and published songbooks & CDs for children and is touring her language learning songs world wide. She is currently writing a cycle of climate change songs for German as a foreign language. Some of the songs exist already in English. Her song “The evening light” features in the NVN resource songbook “This room sings”.
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 has been playing the accordion from the age of 12. She now performs and composes professionally and often accompanies choirs and singing groups when not singing a cappella.
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, RADA, Lilian Baylis Theatre, the Place, the South Bank Centre, the Grant Museum (UCL), Spitalfield Festival, Thorington Theatre 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, Wonderful Beast Theatre company, One Moment in Time (puppeteering & storytelling), the Well Walk Theatre and Jocelyn Pook. Just before lockdown she set some of the 3 witches’ text of Shakespeare’s Macbeth to music for a RADA production.
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