I graduated from Trinity College of Music (now called Trinity Laben) in 2002, with a 2:1 in classical percussion & timpani, with second study singing and piano. During my time there I won the Adams Collins Prize for First Year Percussionist and was President of the Students Union.
After going to Pineapple Stage School at the weekends and learning how to act and dance, I achieved a lifetime’s dream and joined the cast of Stomp! the fabulous dance and percussion show, aged 23. After a fantastic couple of years playing the West End and touring Europe, my ears got tinnitus and decided they had had enough and I had to stop.
I then joined the wonderfully eclectic Orchid-Star and spent a happy 4 years with them. We had 2 record deals (Archangel and Liquid Sound Design) recorded 2 albums and played some amazing festivals; Glastonbury, Sunrise, Kingston Green Fair, Waveform, Glade, Big Green Gathering, Boom (Portugal) to name but a few!
I then went on to co-found and co-create the comedy musical duo cabaret act, Peeknboo. Influenced by people like Nigella Lawson, Fascinating Aida and Tim Minchin, we sing songs about cream, cakes, cocks, Christmas S&M, Dolly Parton and political unrest. Audience participation features use of group kazoo; you’ve been warned. We’ve performed twice at Glastonbury and numerous times with the Mary Bijou Cabaret company, including several sell out shows at the Wales Millennium Centre as part of the Blysh Festival, and many cabaret venues across London and the UK.
Promo video 2012 – The Mary Bijou Cabaret Company.
In 2010 I got to make another dream come true and performed in the same show (and hung out in the pub, what a gent) as the ludicrously musical and lovely Tim Minchin at a gala concert hosted by Ed Byrne.
In 2011 the very talented folk singer/songwriter Angel Kelly formed a band, Angel Kelly & Friends and we spent a happy year or so performing at festivals as well as the world famous London folk venue, The Troubador. Angel took a bit of a break whilst she had her second child, but we got the gang back together for the fabulous Chilled In A Field Festival in summer 2014 and played again in 2015.
On 28th January, 2013, I had the privilege of playing a 200 year old Square Piano at Jane Austen’s House, Chawton, Hampshire to celebrate the 200 year publication anniversary of her novel, Pride and Prejudice. The BBC were filming and the recorded material was broadcast live on BBC Breakfast, News 24, The One O’Clock News, South Today and live to 150 million viewers on The World Service. The five octave Square Piano was made by Clementi and I played a Rondo written by him.
On Valentines Day in 2014 I once again recorded for the BBC and ITV, once more playing the Clementi Square Piano at the launch of Jane’s ring being bought back home.
2014 saw me learn the ukulele and take a show up to Edinburgh Festival. I am currently working on a new cabaret act with me singing and playing the ukulele. No more carrying pianos or percussion around!
Other highlights over the years include collaborations with the brilliant percussion group Bangon, playing for Marcella and the Forget Me Nots, putting together an all girl djembe quartet, performing marimba at various London nightclubs, performing for the Her Majesty The Queen at Westminster Abbey and recording BBC1’s Vet Safari theme music.
In December 2014 I sang alongside the BBC Singers in Studio 1 at BBC Maida Vale Studios and recorded three carols that were broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Christmas Eve.
In July 2015 we went up to Manchester to film for the CBeebies show, “Show Me, Show Me” which aired in October 2015.
July 2016 will see me performing on the main stage at Chilled in a Field Festival in Kent.