The Music Scholars programme at St James’s started in the Autumn of 2021. Their musical talents and creativity will enhance the music of our services until the end of July 2022.
‘I’m so very excited to be taking up a scholarship at St James, just as I move to London. I have somewhat of a portfolio career and singing is just one of the many things I do.
My musical career started as a chorister in my local parish church, as well as picking up the cornet and playing for my local brass band. I was awarded a music scholarship to Dean Close school, Cheltenham where I was fortunate to work chorally with Benjamin Nicholas and Simon Bell. From school I was awarded a place at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire to study music performance with a focus on cornet and brass band studies, under Ian Porthouse.
I have always had a love for the theatre and played trumpet for many shows whilst growing up. After I transitioned, I decided to move into acting once I graduated. I have for the last 6 years been a professional actor and my credits include: EastEnders, All Together Now, Silent Witness, Relativity (BBC4) and various works for Audible as an audiobook narrator.
I am the artistic director of TVC, a theatre company dedicated to platforming the lack of trans, non binary and gender non confirming actors. From this autumn TVC will take up residency at The Turbine Theatre in Battersea. Therefore I have taken the decision to move into directing and producing to start to redress the balance of trans representation within these fields. Within my role at TVC I also lecture at drama schools on equality and diversity as well as consulting on TV and film scripts and with Equity.
I continue to teach trumpet, and music theory and well as conducting groups. I have just finished a year as the choral scholar at Tewkesbury Abbey. I am so looking forward to the year ahead, working with you all to create beautiful music for the glory of God.’