Pauline Down is a voice teacher, singer and composer based in Cardiff, where she leads thriving community choirs, holds individual and small group sessions for building confidence and vocal skills and is a leader in the field of singing and health. One of her weekly choirs is for ex service men and women living with the challenges of PTSD.
She is also experienced in theatre and performance; her love of vocal improvisation comes originally from her background in the anarchic world of theatre impro and clowning.
Pauline has over 30 years experience of running voice courses and singing workshops throughout the UK and beyond. Her enthusiasm and relaxed manner make singing fun and have a way of instantly putting people at their ease. She regards singing as a powerful tool for healing at both personal and community levels. Pauline’s workshops are renowned for their playfulness, humour and fun as well as for their moments of musical magic!
Pauline regularly runs singing retreats and holidays in the UK and internationally.
Pauline also works as a singing leader trainer and mentor, co-leading the popular ‘Carry it On’ CPD weekend for new and more experienced practitioners to come together to share skills, learn from each other, explore work challenges and successes and receive mentoring.
She will be co-devising an innovative All Wales artist coaching programme in 2019 which will be piloted in 2020/21 and will give artists throughout Wales who run participatory sessions access to one to one coaching.
Pauline writes songs for community choirs and has arranged many songs for choirs, including traditional Welsh folk songs. She is constantly seeking collaborative ways to explore her passions for jazz, folk and vocal improvisation.