I live in Somerset and daydream about the sea.

I have a crush on Hercule Poirot, laugh heartily and knit when no one is looking.

Born in Liverpool and brought up on the Isle of Man, I perform widely in opera, recital, music-theatre, theatre, tv, film and radio. I work with leading orchestras, ensembles and collaborators. Together we push boundaries and cross genres to translate the present and imagine futures.

I’m a lyric mezzo-soprano and character actor, specialising in singer-actor roles. I’m known for my warm vocal tone, stylistic flexibility, and immersion in role. Over the years, I’ve had the most amount of fun playing a variety of characters in various stages of graceful and disgraceful behaviour. From mother figures to matriarchs and inmates to prime ministers.

My work has been featured in international exhibitions (V&A, Pompidou Centre and MoMA), and also includes a BAFTA nominated comedy sketch show for the BBC (Little Miss Jocelyn), a renowned piece of avant-garde music-theatre (23 Songs for a Mad Woman) and an award-winning film (The Ultimate Truth).

With a passion for experimental and multi-disciplinary practice, I have performed three world premieres to critical acclaim: Developed and performed the roles of Evalga (The Algae Opera) and Britannia (New Organs of Creation) for an art/science collaboration with Burton Nitta/Matt Rogers; Created the Mad Woman for James Wishart’s polemic, 23 Songs for a Madwoman with RLPO’s Ensemble 1010, conducted by Clark Rundell.

A curator and creator of song recitals and a regular poetry reader, I love a covert moment, understand that song can heal and I am always ready to listen.

“Keep pace with the present. Take a trip to the moon. Envision the future.”

Uta Hagen, Respect for Acting

“Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art.”

Claude Debussy

“As musicians, we transcend technique in order to seek out the truths in our world in a way that gives meaning and sustenance to individuals and communities. That’s art for life’s sake.”

Yo-Yo Ma, Nancy Hanks Lecture, April 8, 2013

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