WORDS… WORDS… WORDS…
I am one of the lucky few whose English degree has actually led to a career working with words – both written and spoken.
After studying at Manchester University, I joined the BBC Radio Drama department, and then worked as a Radio Producer in the Independent sector before turning freelance. As an award-winning Audio Producer and Director, I have worked for all the leading UK publishing houses directing Audiobooks with some of the finest actors and writers in the business. I am also a skilled script-editor and abridger.
I teach and direct at several leading UK drama colleges, primarily LAMDA (where I am the in-house Audio Tutor and Director) and RADA (where I am an Academy Associate Teacher, specialising in Shakespeare and Classical Text). I hold a Post-Grad Certificate in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education: Theatre & Performing Arts (Rose Bruford College) and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
With a different hat on, I am also a successful lyricist and librettist, and have been commissioned by English National Opera, The Royal Opera House, Tete a Tete Contemporary Opera Festival, The Shout, Highbury Opera Theatre and BBC Radio 3/BBC Symphony Orchestra. Composers I have collaborated with include Orlando Gough, John Webb, David Knotts, Kerry Andrew, Scott Stroman, Sxip Shirey, Rebecca Dale, Gabrielle Ducomble and Cheryl Frances-Hoad.
Albums to which I have contributed include ‘Magic Lantern Tales’ (Cheryl Frances Hoad), ‘Winter’ (Voces 8 – Rebecca Dale), ‘Christmas with Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir’ (CCGC – Rebecca Dale), ‘Notes from Paris’ (Gabrielle Ducomble) and ‘Across the Bridge’ (Gabrielle Ducomble).
I have also recorded my own jazz album ‘Under Your Spell’. The title track is an original song, which I wrote with the late, much-lamented jazz maestro Geoff Castle.
Further details of my work are listed under individual projects.
I am also a slapdash pianist, an experienced singer (mezzo these days), a fluent sightreader (both words and music) and an inexpert (but ever-hopeful!) gardener.