Mary is an enthusiastic advocate of the benefits of singing for confidence, self expression and the heightened self esteem that can be achieved through music creativity, playfulness and song. The addition of the well researched physical benefits to health and wellbeing makes singing so good for everyone. Specialising in Acapella singing she uses material from folk traditions from around the world. Also composing her own solo material and for choirs and community theatre.
The ethos that she works with is that singing is for everyone regardless of age or ability and you don’t have to read music or be highly skilled. Just willing!
Mary is a song writer and composer and has performed at festivals cross the Uk including Glastonbury and Wicker-man. She composes for community theatre projects and works with arts organisations such as Snape Music, Suffolk Art Link and Creative Arts East.
Mary has been part of the SALT Music Project. A two year action research project to find a joint way of working with early years music specialists and Speech and Language Specialists to help young children with speech and language delay.
Mary is a performer with Theatre of Adventure in the show Magic Adventure. The show is interactive theatre and multi sensory experiences for under fives. The show is one of the most exciting and rewarding projects to be involved with.
In 2012-2015 Mary joined the Great Yarmouth Community Trust Children's Centre music team and delivers early years music sessions for children in Nurseries and also runs groups for families.
2012-2014 was also the year that She joined Sing Your Heart Out (SYHO). SYHO provides singing workshops for mental health service users in Norwich, Attleborough, Kings Lynn. In 2012 SYHO was awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service. An MBE for volunteer groups.
Mary has also enjoyed working at the James Paget Hospital on a project with the Respiratory department. The Breathe Easy Choir. This has had a positive effect on the members.
Mary is the Musical Director for Joyful Voices Community Choir in Bungay Norfolk
In 2010 She Graduated from UEA with a First Class Honours Degree in Popular Music Practice.
Mary studied for two years at Access to Music College. She graduated with Distinction and was nominated by her tutors for the “Outstanding Student of the year award”. She was presented the award by Radio One’s Edith Bowman at the BAFTA academy in December 2006