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Behind the scenes.

Being a performer is not all “glitz and glamour.”

You have to fight to be noticed and stand out with your talent. So a lot of time is spent networking and advertising through social media.

To say it rules my life is an understatement. I am always on my phone tweeting, facebooking, instagramming just to keep people aware that I am here and trying to carve a career I love and I am passionate about.

So I don’t just get up and sing, even though I am a professional I still need to have singing lessons. Just like a premiership footballer still needs to train. I am very lucky to be part of a singing academy in York that has been running for 30 years this year.

De Costa Academy of Music has really opened up my repertoire and turned what I thought was only a hobby that I enjoyed to a career. I cannot thank Michael Decosta  (The Principal of the academy) and the staff enough for what they do.

Another unsung hero that in the world of music gets over looked is the accompanist. I have had the great pleasure to work with Matthew Collins who is the Head of Music at the Academy as well as Musical Director of Howden Minster.

He is always working with me to get every piece right, he is a consummate professional and is an absolute joy to rehearse and to perform with.

To Promote my informal warm up concert at Bedern Hall (14th of April) my agent and I went leaflet dropping around York. To have the dream to stand on stage you have to roll up your sleeves and do it. Luck may land on your lap sometimes but I prefer to make my own luck.

The photo was taken by Simon Davies, I love it as it really shows how focused I am.