I have continued to teach full time from my home and now cover pupils aged 7 to 93 years old. My "singing school" is entering its 12th year and I still maintain a 100% success rate for all of my pupils who enter singing exams (Trinity, Guildhall exam board). Many of my pupils have gone on to further their higher education in Music and vocal studies at Chichester University, Leeds College of Music, Winchester University, Royal Northern College of Music as well as other music and drama schools offering diplomas in musical theatre and drama such as Guildford School of Acting.
I have now cut back on my choirs (after the amazing run of Il Campane
it was time to let the girls go off to uni!) but am continuing to conduct and enjoy making music with my community choir Another Octave who were successful again at CFMDS
in 2017. My latest ensemble is a female close-harmony group called Schmettering
! and in our first year (2017) we were awarded three Outstanding marks at the CFMDS
, featured in a fun concert for a local chairity
Review) and were asked to perform several songs at a summer concert in Chichester
Got Talent) run by The Rotary Club.
My choirs and myself were also awarded a special trophy at the CFMDS which recognised my hard work as a teacher and conductor. In a roundabout way I think it meant I was the overall winner of the whole choir festival!
We hold an annual concert in November and it is the perfect showcase to display the talents of pupils and choirs from
Music Club with a paying audience. Over the years I have continued to receive fantastic feedback on my pupils and what was a "superb" concert.