I'm a professional conductor, composer and vocal coach, and I have PTSD, depression and anxiety. When I was diagnosed in 2018, following a nervous breakdown, it was music that kept me going and helped me refocus and recover.
I've worked with children and adults of all ages, and led both community and competition choirs. I've taught complete novices to sing and taken advanced vocalists to their greatest performance limits. I've also performed with Rod Stewart and Alfie Boe (and many more!).
I set up Sing out Strong to provide choirs, social-singing groups and popup experiences, so that others can boost their wellbeing through singing. There's so much research on how singing is good for you and I know, from personal experience, how the socialising and group exercises can make you smile - even when you think you may never smile again.
We all talk about the power of music to heal and bring people together, but I never thought I would see a time when music truly united the world. I believe that, in many ways, virtual choirs were the saviour of the pandemic, enabling people to maintain that vital social contact through singing and to look after their wellbeing at such an unprecedented, and frightening, time.
I am excited to see where Sing out Strong takes us over the coming years. From regular in-person choirs to our online choral family, reunion concerts, workshops and social sings, Sing out Strong will be there every step of the way to bring the joy and power of singing to the world.