I have been singing for most of my life and without it life would be very dull!
Brought up in Buxton, Derbyshire, I was classically trained from the age of
8 but I couldn’t wait to sing in a band which I first did at the age of 15.
I spent my early twenties singing in an original materials' band through which I
organised and directed music workshops in schools. At the same time I worked
at an educational centre as part of a team, running life skills courses for young people which promoted team work, organisational skills and creativity. These experiences led me run my own business for a few years designing and leading outdoor, team building courses with a creative twist! Musical theatre was a passion of mine during my twenties and I took on a number of lead roles, performing at the Pomegranate Theatre in Chesterfield. I was also singing professionally with a corporate dance band during this period.
Later in my twenties, I embarked on my next adventure which was to move to Cheltenham where I gained a BEd Hons. Whilst at university and over the next 15 years or so, I sang semi-professionally with a Latin American band, was lead singer with a jazz funk band, and sang on the local jazz circuit.
I now have 25 years’ experience as a primary school teacher and discovered my new found joy, arranging for and leading adult choirs in 2012. This journey began with a school staff choir and led to the creation of
The Cheltenham Singing Groups in 2014. I still lead the staff choir and also co-ordinate the School Community Choir which consists of pupils, staff and parents.
I cannot believe the joy that I have experienced singing with, and leading others. I feel privileged to meet so many wonderful people and frequently observe little acts of kindness between members of the different groups.
My singing adventure is not over yet!
'Louise leads the groups with humour, inspiration and patience in a relaxed atmosphere and is a firm believer in the healing qualities and sheer happiness that singing together brings. She is well organised and teaches main parts and harmonies in a way that is easily accessible to everyone.'