Biography

Hello and welcome to my website

It exists simply to tell you a bit about my life in music, so that questions like ‘does anyone know more about this singer?’ don’t pop up on search engines.

Music has always been part of my life. Growing up in glorious Donegal, my sister and brother and I strummed our guitars and belted out the latest hits, while my mother Nancy, a wonderful teacher and accompanist, took care of the classical side of my singing. A degree in Modern Languages from Trinity College Dublin included much extracurricular musical activity, and I soon abandoned teaching and decamped to London. Success in becoming a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music didn’t alas bring with it any clues on how to make a living, so I activated the typing skills acquired during my teaching years and contented myself with various office jobs while enjoying my singing as an amateur.

All that changed when I joined the professional choir at Brompton Oratory, and made a few contacts in the singing world. I auditioned for Ward Swingle’s new English group, Swingle II, and embarked on a new career in the world of performing professionally on TV and Radio, in the concert hall and in the recording studio. Our repertoire ranged from Big Band to avant-garde, and we premiered operas by Luciano Berio at the Maggio Musicale in Florence and La Scala Milan. I sang the roles of Fire and Princess when the Swingles combined with the Netherlands Dance Theatre in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortileges, and I am soprano soloist on the Boulez recording of Berio’s Sinfonia. On the lighter side, our TV appearances included guesting with The Two Ronnies, Cleo Laine, Shirley Bassey, Nana Mouskouri, and even Basil Brush; an Aquarius special on Berio’s ‘A Ronne’, and a two-part showcase featuring the group on Rhythm on Two for BBC2.