As the daughter of a farmer and a music teacher it is probably not surprising that both growing food and music are some of the mainstays of my life. Having grown up with classical music, playing both cello and piano, I discovered the worlds of radical and community singing in my 30s. I feel very lucky that I am now able to earn a large part of my income from community song leading and I see myself as working at the intersection between health and wellbeing (I am also a trained social worker), the arts and activism. Music is an essential part of both my political activism and my work to build community.
As a member of the Natural Voice Network I believe that singing is our birthright, that everyone can sing and that with support we can all learn to enjoy our own unique voice and all that has to offer – both in terms of singing and in making our contribution in the world.