For much of my life (and musical career) I have identified as a classical singer, and I will always have a great appreciation for classical repertoire (I take issue with the word ‘classical,’ but let’s save that for a blog post).
That said, my interests have expanded. I believe that if we limit our concept of what music is, we limit our notions of who musicians are. Our bodies are rhythmic, and our voices melodic. Our ears are drawn to music, and we respond to it physically. As a teacher and workshop facilitator, I help people – regardless of their background – to realise that they are – and always have been – musicians.
As a composer and performer, I explore how music merges with environment, and how it is a medium for communication with the “audience” (who are – by their very presence – part of the act of music making). At the moment, I am developing Generositree, a piece of performance art that explores the Buddhist (and I daresay human?) precept of Generosity / Not taking what has not been freely given.
In recent years, I have had the good fortune of collaborating with many individuals and organisations who have inspired, challenged and broadened my concepts of musicianship:
Soundbox (with Spitalfields Music, Drake Music and London Symphony Orchestra)
Joy of Sound
The Village Butty
The Kindness Group
I currently teach music, singing and choir in a number of schools as part of the Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service.
I am also a qualified Primary School Teacher, with a Master of Education in Practitioner Research.
Photo Credit: Tiya Ivy