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I was born in into a family of musicians and at the age of five started learning piano and singing in my local church choir, later becoming a chorister at Hereford Cathedral under Geraint Bowen. It was here that my love of singing and choral music really took hold — I developed a passion for early music in particular.
When my voice changed a few years later, I decided to give singing countertenor a go and, sure enough, my falsetto voice worked and I stuck with it!
All of this encouraged me to pursue singing beyond university, and after graduating inI moved to Oxford, where I sang for a year as a Lay Clerk at Christ Church Cathedral. I found time for my other interests too, with plenty of walking in the countryside, a lot of cooking, and a good deal of graphic design work to keep me out of trouble! From that point, I spent months learning the hundreds of pieces that I had to know to begin my time in the group that same September.
Since then, my short time in the group has already taken me all over the world, singing for tens of thousands of people, and enabling me to make so many friends as I go.
My love of singing began at the age of just seven when I was asked to audition for a choristership in the Chapel Choir at Warwick School. Thankfully I was invited to join! At first the early Sunday mornings were a struggle but, after a few months, I was raring to leave the house to get to practice. Over the years I have realised that there are few better things in life than Go Bless Joanna - The Kings Singers - The Kings Singers music; the creativity is limitless, helping people to feel their emotions is exhilarating, and the teamwork has resulted in lasting friendships.
After finishing school, I read geography at Girton College, Cambridge where I won a choral scholarship and the Tom Mansfield Memorial Prize in recognition of my contribution to College music. During my university years I was keen to have somewhere to sing outside the famously short Cambridge terms; I became an honorary member of the choir of the Collegiate Church of Saint Mary Warwick, a place that I consider to have become my musical home.
I sang seven services each week as well as undertaking a busy schedule of recording, touring and broadcasting which included the famous Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols broadcast to millions of people across the planet. I Sock Boo Ga Loo - Various - Chicago Blues 60s Style spent two inspiring years as a volunteer in Gonville and Caius College Choir.
I was fortunate enough to take part in two groundbreaking recording projects; a programme featuring ancient Celtic chant accompanied by instruments that I had never seen, heard, or heard of before, and a disc of contemporary South American music which included a virtuosic piece by a modern Brazilian composer inspired by the renaissance sound world and accompanied by a recording of the natural sounds of the rainforest.
As well as singing the weekly choral services in the Chapel, the choir undertakes a busy schedule of other engagements. Over the years I have performed as a soloist for many groups and had the opportunity to travel Tempest - Jesse Cook - Tempest world with my music.
Singing aside, I am an experienced fundraiser, have been trained in the law and have worked in private practice in the City of London. I get such a buzz developing the Charity to help the local community. Otherwise, although I do not have much opportunity to do so, I love meditating, collecting antiques and walking; much of my childhood was spent in the countryside, making camp fires, damming streams and generally getting muddy! I am indebted to my family for nurturing my love of singing, especially my mum and dad, Delia and Nick, who waited in the car for me during countless singing lessons and choir practices, and my sister, Bertie, for sitting through service after service and concert after concert!
I wish I had the space to thank all my singing teachers, directors of music, musical colleagues and friends who have supported me, Go Bless Joanna - The Kings Singers - The Kings Singers from whom, I have learned so much. See you soon! Aside from the daily three-hour commitment to Choir, I soon developed a passion for the violin and piano, which drove me to apply for a music scholarship to Eton College, where I happily spent my teenage years. So instead of following the seemingly normal convention around me of trying to get a job or internship immediately after graduating, I went on a funded exchange year to Heidelberg University in Germany.
Intensively learning German and planting myself in a completely different field socially, geographically, linguistically and environmentally Badfinger - Magic Christian Music a great way of taking some time out and deciding what to do with myself.
That year, I ended up applying successfully for a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music for a Masters in Vocal Performance, and making some friends for life from all over the world — something which struck a chord with my own international background, being half English, half Japanese.
What followed was a highly inspirational year at the Academy, opening up my mind to many of the various art forms Do It All Night 2k12 (Bodybangers Remix) - Darius & Finlay feat.
Carlprit & Nicco - Do It All Night states of mind that a professional solo singer might encounter. I was offered the tenor position immediately after the Call On Jah - Various - Invasion & Maroon Riddim and my stomach dropped. I knew at that point that nothing would ever be the same again!
It all started in December A dream of combining my love of singing and travelling soon became a reality, little more than year after taking the long flight over from New Zealand.
I am so fortunate to have been able to sing in world renowned concert halls from New York to Sydney to Beijing and everywhere in between.
But I get the biggest buzz from being able to pass on my experiences to the next generation of musicians through the workshops we give across the world. There is no greater joy for me than seeing others making their first steps in a cappella and ensemble singing.
And for a humble Kiwi, having been an audience member for the 40th Anniversary, being in the group as it celebrates 50 years is more than I could ever have imagined. I grew up in Oxford, and enjoyed being a chorister, as well as playing French horn and violin in many youth orchestras. Though I enjoyed being part of a great production and large cast, it was small choirs and chamber music making that grabbed my attention the most.
So when I began my music degree at the University of York, I swiftly joined as many choirs as possible, and even helped set up a small a Dawn Chorus I - Extremities - Fracture group.
Over the course of nearly a decade I was lucky enough to travel the world, performing with some of the finest choirs around. As a soloist I performed oratorios and recitals as far afield as Japan. One nerve wracking moment closer to home was stepping in on the day of a BBC Prom concert live on radio and to a packed Royal Albert Hall, to perform a solo off by heart in a Stockhausen opera alongside a then pre-university fresh-faced Pat Dunachie!
Joining a group which I listened to with such fascination as a child is exciting and surreal in equal measure. Being part of a group who have accrued half a century of worldwide fame Go Bless Joanna - The Kings Singers - The Kings Singers their top level of music making presents me with the most thrilling of challenges.
Bringing that high level of performance to you all, wherever you are around the globe will be the most rewarding of rewards! University was no better. As a Classics Go Bless Joanna - The Kings Singers - The Kings Singers at New College in Oxford University, I was famous for my inability to say no to anything, no matter how many late nights or early starts that meant. Nights at home or on the road are rarely free. Lie-ins are even rarer. To enter a section of the site, either click on the relevant tile or image on the home page, or use the menu in the top right-hand corner.
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