With over 20 years experience in teaching and leading groups I have developed a variety of workshops for well being. Having had a multi faceted career in music from singing in some of the worlds top choirs and running Yamaha music schools as well as working as a peripatetic instrument teacher I now focus on therapeutic sound primarily through voice, movement and breath work. Qualifying in Qi Gong Shibashi set instruction I hold sessions in breathing and movement for therapeutic benefit as well as singing for health workshops. It’s all about sharing energy and energy flow! I’m influenced by the beliefs of Integral Transformative Practicing and studying as an Instructor in Tai Chi Qi Gong with an underlying aim of nourishing the mind body and soul. I also work with The Wessex Cancer Trust and Healing Hands network primarily with sufferers of PTSD. I perform in a community band in local homes and venues and I stand in for Choir masters holidays and breaks.
Having worked as a peripatetic piano teacher in schools as well as running Yamaha music schools, I eventually set up a music centre for Yamaha at Bournemouth School for Boys. This involved learning through modern popular music and encouraging general musicianship through percussion and voice as well as keyboard. I became keen to find out more about the effects on cognitive development and began exploring the healing and benefits of music.
Always interested in music from a therapeutic aspect I trained as a sound therapist and qualified with BAST British Academy of Sound therapy in 2010. After this I began running sound baths and soundscapes whilst developing my own style of meditation sessions. Alongside this I continued with 2 different community choirs Quay of Sea and Southbourne Community Choir, both performing at festivals such as Shake an Stir and Christchurch Food Festival. I handed on these choirs in 2015 and now focus solely on workshops at events and retreats.
This year I will be at The Larmer Tree, The New Forest Folk Festival, Gaunts House Summer Gathering and Shaftesbury Fringe running my ITP and African Folk Song workshops. Please see my website for more details.
My time is mainly spent devising and running bespoke vocal and movement workshops, arranging and performing. Over the last few years I have been privileged to be able to take my workshops to Spain for the winter and will be there again this year, then home for the summer and the festivals.
I have run community choirs in the UK and in Spain and have taken on projects for performance as well as pop-up sessions at festivals and events. I began my career as a classically ABRSM trained pianist and singer and as a dancer studying at The Laban centre of contemporary movement and dance at Goldsmiths in London. As a singer I was a member of the London Philharmonic Choir for 10 years and have also performed band style. I studied Transcendental Meditation as a teenager and practised yoga from an early age and hold Diplomas in Itech Massage as well as Indian Head.