When I was little my mum got hold of an upright piano from the pub down the road. She brought it home, painted it bright red and let me at it! I grew up always loving performance, be it in school plays playing the piano or singing for anyone who would listen. I was also a keen hockey player and was getting pretty good until I broke my arm twice in one season, much to the annoyance of my coach and piano teacher! I realised then that singing was my real passion and applied to music college.
I spent five years at Trinity college of Music where I studied jazz and classical voice. It took a while to convince my non-musical family that it really was what I wanted to do, despite the fact I kept changing course and style of music making.
In my final year I was put forward to audition for the Monteverdi Choir Apprentice scheme. I had never worked professionally and had little choral experience, but Sir John Eliot Gardiner saw something and took me on. This launched me into an amazing world of choral and ensemble music making and it gave me the chance to meet like-minded people and start my career as a freelance singer.
I sang backing vocals for pop acts, signed with Universal and recorded an album with Gareth Malone, sang on countless film scores, and also specialised in baroque ensemble music with the best musicians in Europe.
In 2017 I received my masters from the Welsh International Academy of Voice, working with the wonderful Dennis O’Neill. In the same year I won the MOCSA Young Welsh Singer of the Year and was a finalist in the Stuart Burrows Voice award.
If you weren’t a musician, what would you be?
I think I’d like to be an actor, or a teacher. As long as I’m involved in some sort of performance I think I’d be happy.
Where’s your favourite place to listen to music and why?
I do think there is something special about the Royal Albert Hall. The variety of performances is amazing, from film screenings with full symphonic orchestra to Bach motet recitals, it’s such a special place. I do also spend a lot of time traveling and there’s nothing better than putting on my headphones and shutting off the world and listening to music – not technically a place but you know what I mean!
What do you do with your time when you’re not playing music?
When I’m not playing music I’m either trying to learn new music or procrastinating!