Michelle has studied performing arts and as a post-graduate at the Royal Academy of Music, has gone on to sing as a professional Mezzo Soprano for companies in the UK and abroad, notably France, Italy and Croatia. She has worked with conductors such as Kent Nagano, Frans Bruggen, Mark Minkovski, Louis Langree, and Paul Esswood both on stage and doing professional recordings, both audio and televisual.
Michelle is the Director of Kent Singing Academy, which is an organisation delivering quality singing lessons in Kent-based schools. She also works as the music specialist at St Eanswythe’s School in Folkestone as well as continuing to perform as a professional Mezzo Soprano soloist.
With over twenty years’ experience, teaching all student levels, Michelle’s style of teaching is very technique-orientated, based in the bel canto tradition and focussing on a career with longevity and vocal health and safety, rather than a quick fix. She is happy to work with students with vocal problems to solve; an area in which she has had a good rate of success. She has a special interest in students who are looking to pursue classical music (opera, art song, oratorio) or traditional music theatre and some jazz.
Michelle is also very interested in advancing students in the wider art of performing and presentation, drawing on her considerable experience as a stage performer, and in helping students to embrace dramatic, linguistic and stylistic elements of their chosen music; as well as developing and extending their repertoire, vocal range and technical armoury.
She is happy to take on students who want to develop a solid vocal technique and explore their individual sound but are not yet sure which route to take.