From the beginning of my singing journey, I was (and am still!) completely surprised and overwhelmed by the kindness, care and support shown to me, both by people who I have known forever, as well as friends I have had the pleasure of meeting along the way so far. The names listed on this page follow no particular chronology or relevance, and it is highly likely that I will miss some very important names off (by accident - I promise!) - my gratitude and appreciation is really as heart-felt and genuine as it can possibly get! I am often asked for my end goals - "the dream!" - and my answer to this, so far, has remained the same: to be able to share the music that I love with all audiences, to the highest standard and best of my abilities. This is only made possible through the support of those mentioned below. So... in the cheesiest gooiest way imaginable, THANK YOU! - For always being so willing and involved.
Birmingham, Paris, and Beyond!
I was so lucky to have gained a place at CNSMD last year, and I learnt so much during my time there at the school and living in the French capital. My successful quest for funding study in Paris marked the beginning of what is now a much larger search for financial support. By September of this year, I will be in the process of making applications for Postgraduate courses, the cost of which is likely to start at about £20,000... (wince!).
So far, I have deliberately chosen not to set up a crowdfunding/sponsorship page, because I am keen to share my musical experience with as many as possible, using concerts/performances as an opportunity to thank people properly, face-to-face. I really hope to keep things this way, however, if you are interested in helping me on my journey directly in any way (financially, or otherwise!) please do get in touch.
... Thank you!
Tracy Edwards Photography
For the headshots featured on this website, that are also used on various other promotional materials and CV's, that were taken by Tracy on a sunny but VERY cold day in stunning North Wales, out of the goodness of her heart. What a star you are! Thank you!
Ms Amanda Roocroft
For taking me on, and fully investing me seemingly from the very beginning; for being so supportive, and offering the most precious guidance throughout all of these vocal ventures. How lucky I am. Thank you!
Mrs Jane Holmes
For significant financial support 2017/2018 with funds for music, travel and singing lessons, as well as invaluable guidance and support both musically and personally, and for always being on the other end of the phone! Thank you!
Miss Nicky & Miss Lynn at Central Stage
For the initial job offer, and then for keeping the position at Central Stage open for me to come back to in January. More singing, more drama, more crazy kids! So nice to know that I have fun teaching and lovely friends to return to. Thank you!
Mr Phillip Rupert
For being the voice of reason (and, unreason!), and for being so constant. Thank you!
Mr Ray & Mrs Margaret Hatton
For being so actively involved in locating possible funds and being so pro-Holly Teague! And for being such regular concert attendee-s. Thank you!
Whitchurch Rotary Club
For providing significant financial support, and for the opportunity to perform at home. Thank you!
Mrs Fiona Chew & Mrs Trish Everett, Rev. Hazel & Duncan, & all at St Mary's, Moseley
For being so caring during the floods of spring 2018, being kind to Cleo-cat and for supporting my bid to come back to Moseley in 2019. Thank you!
Mr Matthew & Mrs Anne Lanham
For being regular concert attendee-s, the loan of suitcases dependent on length of trip, and for copious amounts of prosecco whenever there's news! Thank you!
Miss Rachael Hutchings
For being my first "real" music friend... and then my first "true" friend. For removing more self-doubt than I could ever do myself. Thank you!
Mr JP & Mrs DA Teague
For being as crazy as you are, for encouraging me with every new venture and for sorting everything for me, always. Thank you!
Mrs Helena & Mr Mark Jones
For being dinner and a hoiday home, no matter what notice, and for always asking me to everything. Thank you!
Mr Tim & Mrs Sue Hobson
For being regular concert attendee-s, and for being stage management on countless occasions frozen shoulder or not! Thank you!
Mr Peter Metcalfe @ Bodytech Whitchurch
For providing the perfect distraction when I really don't want to do any more, for being so continuously encouraging, and for being a good friend! Thank you!
Mr Martin Carruthers
For the promotional side of things; designing, printing and distributing flyers and posters and always being handy with a camera! Thank you!
Mrs Jokhim Meike
For the hugely generous gift of a significant amount of vocal music belonging to Bob; his notes in every margin are invaluable. I'm sorry that I never had the opportunity to meet him. Thank you!
The Higginson Trust
For significant financial support in aid of Paris study, and the request for a performance when I return... An absolute pleasure! Thank you!
Mrs Catherine Benson (& Husband Philip)
For being an absolute icon, and the best and most colour co-ordinated teacher to ever exist. For introducing me to so much amazing music, shaping and realising my voice, and for telling me to "get a grip" on a semi-regular basis. And to Philip, for coming along to concerts also. Thank you!
Mr Geoff & Mrs Maggie Coward
For being star pianists even in the very early days of scratchy violin-ing! And for being fabulously supportive family friends. Thank you!
Mr Jonathan French
Oh he of some serious piano skills! For playing so perfectly every time, whenever requested, and being a perfect slice of normality! Thank you!
Su & Paul @ Primchurch
For the financial contribution, and for showing some much needed TLC towards my very sentimental Triumph 2000. Thank you!
Miss Janina Lang & Mr Caiden Heaphy
For being such great friends; firstly from across the corridor, and now, sadly, from across the water! For being so continuously positive and supportive, your energies towards work and life are contagious. For being so welcoming whenever I visit, and for being such good company always. Thank you!
Mr Myles Payne
For being the perfect partner in crime and loving early music as much as I do, for putting up with whichever version of me you are rehearsing with, and for allowing me the opportunity to have some freedom locationally for the next few months.Thank you!
Mrs Wendy Gonsalkorale, & Stephanie the pet chicken
For being a fabulous "anything at short notice" pianist, and to Stephanie for being the perfect muse during rehearsals, Satie or otherwise! Thank you!
Mrs Lee Kay
For being the voice of reason and unreason, providing materials for stimulus for myself and for my drama lessons, for being the occasional front room hairdresser and for directing an impromptu rescue mission. Thank you!
Sonya & The Let Us Sing Group @ The MAC
For being such good sports, and for keeping my position as singing teacher open for me when I return. Thank you!