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A performing musician for the past fifteen years, I am currently studying for an MA in Jazz Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. My varied engagements, chiefly in the fields of folk, blues and jazz, have included solo performances for Women in Jazz and its successor, Jazz Heritage Wales, for whom I have delivered various workshops and one-to-one tuition sessions in singing.

In 2011, I recorded – as singer with the Jen Wilson Ensemble – Twelve Poems, a critically acclaimed suite of poems by Dylan Thomas set to jazz arrangements. These arrangements show that although I have investigated early women jazz vocalists, and still enjoy performing music from the early twentieth century, I also have a keen interest in pushing jazz bounds and exploring the experimental voice-scapes of contemporary innovators.
In the meantime, I enjoy performing folk and fusion music as both soloist and backing vocalist with the latest of several poetry and performance ensembles with which I have been involved, namely The Idrisiaid, who will be entertaining 500 diners at the June 2012 Western Mail Inspire Wales Awards in Cardiff City Hall.

As a member of the Natural Voice Practitioners’ Network, with whom I have trained, I am a recognized and practising singing teacher. As a consequence of this training and my participation in the Welsh National Opera’s Community Chorus I decided in 2010 to launch a community choir in my neighbourhood. The choir is flourishing: having given our first major performance, to a full house, we are working on plans to present about three concerts
a year.

Although music is my main focus, I have also been engaged as an actor – at, for example, the Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea in various professional productions, and with companies such as the Fluellen Theatre Company and the Neath Players. I have also in recent years been developing as a writer – of poetry, journalism and songs, some of which have been published and performed.

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

2007 to present

Self-employed freelance singing teacher, singer-songwriter, workshop leader, English tutor, journalist, and consultant.


1995−2007 Swansea College, Swansea

As lecturer and pastoral tutor, a varied teaching career delivering a range of courses across the Humanities and Outdoor Pursuits, to students at all levels , from basic skills and disenfranchised students to intermediate, advanced and Higher National Diploma students.


1998 to present

Solo vocalist and compere with Women in Jazz/Jazz Heritage Wales and other performance work.


1980−1995
Parenting, and undertaking a degree and teaching qualifications, and part -time work in the catering industry, including some management experience.

 

 

 

 

 


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