In concert

I began my career as Soprano/Musical Director of the five-time Grammy award-winning a cappella group The Swingles. It was a great way to see the world when I in my twenties and thirties. We sang such a variety of music too, from the classic Swingles Bach arrangements from the 1960s right up to arrangements of the Great American songbook and Beatles songs as well as lots of orchestral music by contemporary composers. I discovered a love of performing close-harmony, of a cappella in general and of music by living or modern composers. And, more significantly, I started to write my own music.

Before the pandemic brought the Performing Arts to its knees, I’d been lucky enough to sing on stages in every continent of the world as well as in the UK, including at the Proms, Edinburgh International Festival and Glastonbury. My favourite piece to perform as a soloist is definitely Mass in Blue by Will Todd. It the perfect fusion of “classical soprano” with “jazz singer” and it has a 3-octave vocal range. To hear the familiar words of the mass (ie Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus and Agnus Dei) to the blues scale is really exciting. Over the years that I’ve been performing this amazing piece, I’ve built up quite a collection of blue concert dresses. I also recorded the piece – you can find it on the Convivium label.

Throughout my career I’ve been performing as one half of the jazz duo L’Estranges in the Night. My husband is a jazz multi-instrumentalist and alternates between piano, double bass and guitar while I sing. When we made a music video of our version of the song How do you keep the music playing? I became five versions of myself, which was fun.

 

 

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