Educator

 

Anna has eighteen years’ experience as a singer working in opera, musicals and cabaret. She has taught singing at Pineapple Performing Arts School, London and for Bellestars pop parties.

She leads the choir and teaches singing at Dover Grammar School for Boys and Folkestone Academy and is visiting choir leader for Aylesham Ladies Choir.

In 2016 she ran a workshop on devising new music and using verbatim technique for students at Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent  and for International Womens' Day 2017 facilitated a ‘DIY Punk Band’ workshop as part of the ‘Older Women Rock’ festival with fellow musician Gemma Storr. To listen to the results click HERE.

"You and Gemma helped me realise a lifelong ambition, i.e. to play the drums. I had the most wonderful time. You will never know how good the experience made me feel. I was like a child when I got home, too excited to sleep! I want to do it all again, tonight!" Workshop participant

 

MUSIC & Composition WORKSHOPS

On Saturday 27th January 2018 Anna and fellow MCC member Phil Self, invited the folk of Folkestone to try something new for 2018 and compose music, with the Montrose Composers’ Club at local arts hub ‘Block 67’.

Participants created their own sounds in Phil's ‘mini studio’ using a granular processing app, samples and live instruments. Elsewhere Anna help people create and record their own tape cassette loops, whilst regular MCC collaborators Helen Lindon and Stewart Hughes encouraged children, OAPs and everyone in-between to create a large scale graphic score. At intervals the whole group would get together to form an improved orchestra which Anna conducted as they played the graphic score 'live'. 

 

Anna, members of the Montrose Composers’ Club and artist Helen Lindon ran a four hour drop-in workshop for families exploring graphic scores and improvisation on January 26th 2019. The participants were encouraged to draw what they could hear and then create their own graphic scores to be played by members of the MCC or a small orchestra of participants on simple instruments.