Our Choir Leader

Brighton Swing Choir Director

Emily is an experienced musician based in Brighton. Originally from Edinburgh, she trained as a classical pianist and later as a Music Therapist at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, qualifying in 2008. She is also a Family and Systemic Practitioner. She has since developed a thriving career as a piano teacher, music therapist, choir leader and performer. She has performed as a soloist, accompanist and in various ensembles and groups encompassing a range of genres including classical, rock, folk and swing. In her capacity as a piano teacher she has successfully coached students for ABRSM exams, music scholarships, Junior RCM auditions and competitions, with outstanding results, and she is a member of the Springboard Festival Piano Committee. In her therapy work she is focused on work with vulnerable, at-risk children and running therapeutic singing groups for adults with dementia.


The Close Shaves

Emily was a founding member of “barberswing” trio The Close Shaves which brought together for her a love of performing, arranging and the music of the swing-era. Brighton Swing Choir was formed in April 2015 when one of the band members was on sick leave and Emily wanted to spread the joy of singing swing music in part harmony. Mondays have never been so full of fun and beautiful singing! Word is spreading and they are making their mark amongst the Brighton Choir scene!


Singing is good for your health!

“The energy and enthusiasm of the MD makes sure the fun keeps going to the last second!”

Emily is an energetic and enthusiastic choir leader whose creativity and enthusiasm brings the group together for sessions filled with fun and laughter. She uses a variety of physical and vocal warm-ups, exercises and games at the start of each session to encourage creativity and self confidence whilst promoting vocal potential and the health benefits of singing. She arranges all the songs for Brighton Swing Choir.

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