I am Shelley, a professional celebrant, classical singer, singing teacher and church choir director.
I am a fully trained and insured member of the International College of Professional Celebrants.
HOW DID I GET HERE?
I began my working life as a professional classical singer.
I trained at the Royal College of Music in London, working professionally as a singer in the fields of opera, oratorio and as a professional London church chorister, consort singer and teacher of singing.
As a singer and teacher I am blessed to be able to commit my working life to the nurture, education, and service of others.
I am the Director of Music of my local church here in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, with musical and pastoral responsibility for my lovely choir, ages 8-90 years!
As part of my job at St Peter’s I am regularly asked to sing as a soloist for baptisms, weddings, funerals and memorial services. I help couples and families choose uplifting and appropriate music for their special occasions, including anything they especially request. Meat Loaf, ‘Bat out of Hell’ and Monty Python’s, ‘Only look on the bright side of life’ are not unheard of. Although I don’t sing these myself!
My working life is enriching, rewarding and multi layered. Sounds busy! but there is a wonderful synergy that flows between music and celebrancy. Music has an important and uplifting role to play in any well crafted ceremony.