Every week in the run up to SingFest 2015 I’ll be blogging about one of this year’s tutors. This week it’s the turn of witty young folk singer Laura Deal.
This is Laura’s first year as a tutor at SingFest although she has attended most of them, firstly as a participant, then as a steward and finally as Head Steward last year. She has sung solo and in choirs all her life and currently runs two of her own community choirs.
A brief history…
Laura likes to credit her eclectic musical taste and passion for music to a childhood spent watching Sesame Street. Singing since she was a toddler, Laura has been lucky enough to perform in some fantastic venues with some wonderful people. She even got to fly as Wendy in a production of Peter Pan! A degree in music and a diploma in voice tuition nurtured Laura’s love of communal singing and it was while at University that Laura led her first choir. Laura strongly believes that everyone can sing and make music, and that music can help to encourage confidence and communication in people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.
Laura the conductor…
In 2012 Laura took part in the Singing Surrey project, an Arts Partnerships Surrey project which saw the birth of seven new community choirs across the county. Through this, the wonderful Bellfields Community Choir sprung to life and was taken over by Laura and her unique teaching style.
Laura has made a name for herself with her enthusiasm and slightly wicked sense of humour which regularly has her choirs in fits of giggles. She specialises in teaching and arranging the music of the 1950’s and 60’s such as “Little Eyes” and “Blue Moon”.
Laura has run singing workshops across the country including Sidmouth and Towersey folk festivals. As well as Bellfields Community Choir she also runs St John’s community choir in Woking.
Laura works as a music specialist and class room teacher during the day for children with special educational needs. She plays piano, piano accordion and ukelele and sings rude folk songs whenever the opportunity arrises. She is well loved as a teacher, choir leader and SingFest steward and we are very much looking forward to her singing workshops at this year’s SingFest!
“My two choir nights are my favourite nights of the week and I would run seven choirs if I could! I’m someone who believes that if you can help someone, you just should, and it has been crazy amazing to see people in my choirs blossom, gain confidence and shine – all because of the power of communal singing.”
Until next time…
Next week I’ll be blogging about another SingFest 2015 tutor so watch this space!