My background and training is as a classical singer. I trained first in Glasgow and then spent four postgraduate years (1983-87) at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London majoring in solo performance.
My performing career started in the late 1970s and covered many different areas within the classical singing profession. I was a member of the BBC Singers and travelled extensively as a soloist in the UK and abroad. During this time I was a full member of EQUITY.
I sang frequently with the late Lord Menuhin conducting including concerts in Germany, Greece and France. As a soloist, I sang with the RSNO, the Welsh Chamber Orchestra and the Bournemouth Sinfonietta and appeared at many of this country's leading concert halls, including the South Bank and St John's Smith Square.
In opera, I have sung principal roles for English National Opera, Scottish Opera, the new D'Oyly Carte Opera and Music Theatre Wales. Abroad, for the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona; Opera de Nantes, France and at the Centre for the Performing Arts, Banff, Canada.
I have developed good working relationships with Speech & Language Therapists and I see a number of people referred to me for singing by Speech Therapists.
I am currently a member of the ISM (Incorporated Society of Musicians); the BVA (British Voice Association); the BLA (British Laryngological Association); the VCN (Voice Care Network) and AOTOS (Association of the Teachers of Singing)
I worked as a one-to-one singing teacher at the Leys School, Cambridge and directed the singing class for the BTEC Performing Arts Course at Oaklands College, Welwyn Garden City. I started my own business,The Voice Studio in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire in 1995 to share some of the experience I gained as a professional singer and to help people develop and understand their own voice. In 2014 I opened Edinburgh Voice Studio. My work now focuses on teaching singing on a one-to-one basis at my studios in Hertfordshire and Edinburgh - Harley Voice Studio.
Since 2016 my main Studio is based in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.