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Immersed in the muted colours and strong light of the Scottish landscape, I grew up in the depths of the country and free to roam. It was this landscape that first opened up my senses - to light, to land and to the deep thrum, sweep and blast of the wild world. I studied visual art and early on this was a focus for imagination and experiments. My ear was accustomed to the dialects of my 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.

Living in the city is 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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