Diverse musician seeking new opportunities in Bristol and across the UK.
Heather has a wide range of experience as a performer, musical director, repetiteur, arts administrator and academic researcher on musical topics. With a particular passion for choral singing and opera, Heather is also an accomplished pianist, experienced violist and occasional saxophonist, whose musicality and expression has accorded her various prizes and scholarships. She is currently based in Bristol where she is a scholar of the Bristol Choral Society, and from where she is seeking new musical opportunities. Growing up near High Wycombe, Heather took up piano aged 4, violin aged 6, viola and saxophone aged 9, and sang from a young age. Playing in orchestras, bands, chamber ensembles, and singing in various choirs at the High Wycombe Music Centre and Wycombe High School, and with Taplow Youth Choir, Heather was soon in demand in small high-level ensembles, as a section leader, soloist, accompanist and as a coach for younger students. In addition to a DipABRSM Piano Performance Diploma, she holds Grade 8s on Viola (Merit) and Saxophone (Distinction). Heather has performed in varied music festivals, notably in Marlow, Maidenhead and High Wycombe, having won various medals and trophies, most recently the Le Riche Cup for French Piano music at the Maidenhead Festival. She has also been rewarded for her contribution to music, by the University of Warwick (2014 Giving to Music exhibition), Wycombe High School (2011 certificates) and High Wycombe Music Centre (2010 Douglas le Vicki Trophy). Throughout university Heather applied herself to a wide range of musical ensembles, dedicating a huge amount of time and energy whilst also undertaking her degree. Asides from performing in orchestras, bands, chamber ensembles and choirs, Heather found new roles as a musical director and repetiteur with Opera Warwick. In her final year Heather musically directed Bizet's Carmen (for which she was also repetiteur and violist), accompanied a wide range of soloists and ensembles, took solo roles with the University Chamber Choir and Opera Warwick, and created a 20-minute version of The Magic Flute. Heather has recently sung with the London Symphony Chorus under Simon Halsey, and been invited to play in musicals, with the St John's Chamber Orchestra and in a work for String Quartet and Pipa. She is now a choral scholar with the Bristol Choral Society. Heather's musical interests and experience also go beyond performance: she researched historical musical interactions at undergraduate level, before pursuing a master's in ethnomusicology, including research into choral singing, rhythm techniques and Chinese funeral musics. She also has experience in arts administration and management, working for a small chamber choir.
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