Cecilia is wonderful Singer-Composer-Producer who is in demand as a soloist and collaborator.
She’s toured with the U.K’s best-selling Classical Artist Russell Watson as his special guest and her forthcoming album features Classical Brit winners Blake, Moya Brennan (Voice of Irish group Clannad), Catrin Finch (internationally renowned harpist and once the official harpist to the Prince of Wales), Wells Cathedral Choristers and Martin Riley. You can find out more about her uplifting music HERE and find out about her project bringing music to the community at thehopegarden.com – What a fab lady she is!
So, onto the nitty gritty Cecilia…
1.Where were you born?
2.Where did you grow up?
3.What jobs have you had? (Any jobs before you became an artist/musician etc)
No, always been a musician / music teacher
4.What got you started?
I always wanted to be an actress, but became unwell and wasn’t well enough to go to my drama classes, but I noticed that a voice was emerging and I also starting composing songs on the piano. Music took over at this stage – nothing else came close.
5.How old were you when you started?
6. Did you do any training? Where did you study?
Full time young musician’s course (2 years) – Kingsway College, London, Bretton Hall College of the Arts, Leeds University (Popular Music B.A Hons) and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London (PG Dip / LGSM) in Jazz
7. What was the first piece of work you did?
8. What piece of work are you proudest of?
9.What are you best known for?
Singing and teaching
10.What do you like most about your art form?
That I have (hopefully) found my own voice as an artist
11.What are you working on now?
A brand new creative project with a Senegalese musician, Amadou Diagne – all original music
12.Describe your favourite kind of working day.
Helping people through music (ie my hospice work), songwriting and rehearsing
13.Who were your arts inspirations growing up?
14.Who are your arts inspirations now?
Any music created and performed from the heart – something that observes the human condition keenly
15.What top tip would you give to someone starting out in your artform?
Take all opportunities you can. Work hard. Believe in yourself. Never give up. Don’t let the set backs knock you over. Do your own thing – be original