15th April 2016: News and Minor Website Updates
Greetings! I'd like to welcome you to my website, and thank you for your interest. Here, you will find information on my work as an organist and performing musician; music tuition I currently offer; details of performances and other events; along with other additional articles of interest.
Angela received her secondary education in 1993 at Dorton House School for the Blind in Sevenoaks, Kent, where she began learning classical organ with Chris Lockyer, piano and Braille music with the late Jill Smith. In 1997, she moved to the RNIB New College in Worcester to study Music Art and English at A-Level, and where she continued her organ studies with Trevor Tipple, flute with Sarah Johnson, and piano with Susan Boreham. Additional musical activities included chapel choir, recorder consort, steel band, and in 1998, played first flute in Sir Malcolm Arnold’s Little Suite no. 2 conducted by Sir Simon Rattle for Record Breakers World’s Largest Orchestra (3,503 musicians) at the National Indoor Arena, Birmingham.
In 1999, Angela began studying at Trinity College of Music, London, studying organ under Dr. John Winter and flute under Anna Noakes. After graduating in 2003 with a Bachelor of Music Degree with Honours and a Licenciate Diploma in Vocal/Instrumental Teaching, Angela continued with a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance studying organ under Roger Sayer at Rochester Cathedral and Ian Curror at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, and in 2007, was awarded an Associateship of Trinity College London with Distinction for flute performance. In 2008, Angela was awarded the Webster Davidson Scholarship to study a Masters Degree in Music Performance at Trinity, which she completed in 2011 with Distinction, and which included study of music psychology and composition, as well as advanced performance in organ and flute.
Since losing her sight aged thirteen following an accident, Angela learns all her music from Braille, and performs entirely from memory. Notable performances have included those at the Royal Albert Hall, Goldsmith’s Hall, St. James’ Palace; in December 2010, for the launch of Prima Vista Braille Music Services with composer Christopher Norton at Schott Publishers, London; in December 2011, for the Louis Braille Association of Morocco; in August 2012, in the London Paralympic Opening Ceremony; and in October 2014, in the Haninge Kulturhus, Sweden, with Swedish Eurovision band One Voice. She has participated in three concerts at the Royal Festival Hall directed by Richard Stilgoe, including a performance of Holst’s ‘The Planets Suite’ with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2002. Angela works as a free-lance church organist, musical entertainer, and provides private instrumental and Braille music tuition, as well as making frequent appearances as a folk musician, playing flutes, piano-accordion, celtic harp and mandolin.
In 2003, Angela took the position of flute teacher at Hildenborough Church of England Primary School, and in 2011, at Sackville School also in Hildenborough, Kent. She is a freelance Braille music instructor, and in 2009, founded the Braille Music Chat emailing forum, intended as a facility for use by both sighted and non-sighted people worldwide who are involved with the teaching/learning, transcription and publication of Braille music, and who exercise additional accessible technologies. In 2008, Angela formed part of the Round House Folk band, as a flutist and piano-accordionist, performing a variety of traditional tunes and songs, and playing regularly at local folk sessions and for other public and private functions. Angela currently holds appointments as organist at St. Peter’s church in Hever, and St. Paul’s church in Four Elms, Kent. In 2011, she recorded her first CD Reawakening: Original Works for Flute and Organ in collaboration with Chris Lockyer, including many premier recordings, and those performed from composers’ hand written manuscripts, and is an ongoing project into the revival of original repertoire for flute and organ, which she is currently preparing to study further at Doctoral level. Her other musical interests include composition and music therapy, the latter of which she intends to pursue at Masters level, and to practice as a therapist.
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