Immersed in the muted colours and strong light of the Scottish landscape, I grew up, free to roam, in hills and glens, woods and farmland. It was this landscape that first opened up my senses - to light, to land and to the deep thrum of the wild world. Visual art came first and early on this was a focus for imagination and experiments in colour and light. My ear was accustomed to dialects (thanks to parents) Shetland, Geordie and mostly 'the Doric' of NE Scotland - accents redolent of land and farming, tough lives, a sense of place and inevitably, the weather. I started singing, exploring music, words, movement, the voice as an instrument.
Moving to an urban landscape was like being submerged in an intensified soundscape, ‘body’ substituted for ‘land’ and vocal work an extension of this space-making. The study of vocal technique, a training in voice movement therapy, extended voice and performance research, have, over many years, cross-fertilised with other creative and contemplative practices. These underpin my coaching, teaching and creative research, which sprawls over many areas and media and has proved impossible to contain.
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