Liz has been leading choirs and ensembles for 15 years, starting by founding the UCL Jazz Society Vocal Group whilst still a student at rival King’s College, London in 2001.
At the time this was a totally new adventure for her as a musician; today the thrill of performing and the excitement and ensemble can bring to an audience continues to inspire her work as a vocal leader and choral educator.
Inspired by the work of choral leaders in Scandinavia and the international a cappella scene, liz set up a cappella group SOUND to challenge perceptions of choral singing in the UK, and provide an outlet for exciting choral arrangers and composers that would otherwise be overlooked by traditional music publishers.
Formed in 2013 from 30 amateur vocalists, the group has gone on to perform at the London A Cappella festival, headline with the Swingle Singers and perform at London’s Southbank Centre in only its first 2 years. More recently the group performed with Strictly Come Dancing’s Ian Waite and Natalie Lowe on their 2016 UK tour.
The Choir With No Name
Liz is proud to be director of the North London Choir With No Name. The Choir with No Name is a charity that runs choirs for people affected by homelessness. Founded in 2008, they now run four choirs, two in London, one in Birmingham and one in Liverpool.
Their performances have gone from strength to strength, from modest beginnings in a small pub in South London to the Southbank Centre, the Young Vic, Union Chapel, BBC Radio, ITV’s This Morning and The Roundhouse. Their long term aim is to establish a choir in all cities with a homelessness problem.
Music can inspire anyone, regardless of ability; it can also create an environment in which people can develop new skills, build confidence and develop teamwork. An experienced workplace musician, Liz has seen first-hand how choirs can be a great stress reliever and huge fun.
Liz has been directing the Guardian Newspaper’s office choir for the last 3 years, and has recently started directing a choir at Comic Relief’s headquarters in London. Both choirs meet for an hour once a week, in-house, performing regularly to their own colleagues and in external performances.