My passion has always been singing – in all it’s manifestations, from folk, to pop, to harmonic chanting, to western classical music.
I recently completed my diploma of education in music at Southern Cross University after many years of teaching, songwriting, performing, organising and conducting vocal ensembles in Sydney and Singapore.
Recent work was in Singapore where I founded and directed the Rambutan Kids Choir, Gorgeous Women’s Choir and taught a cappella singing in many local schools and universities. In Singapore I also taught English at the British Council.
In 2014, 2015 and 2016 I worked with Kwaya – a cross cultural music company based in Australia. With Kwaya, I travelled to Uganda in 2013 to sing with Jonathan Welch and the African Children’s Choir, and in 2014 I led a group of thirty singers to sing, play and learn with the kids at the African Children’s Choir Primary School in Kampala.
In May 2015 I teamed up with Lynne Williams, Jonathan Welch, Rachel Hore, and Kate Miller-Heidke to conduct a concert featuring the African Children’s Choir and a thousand voice choir.
I also organised the tour of the ACC kids when they visited Byron Bay and Mullumbimby in June 2015, as well as the Ubuntu concert in 2016, featuring young Africans from ACC.
Before all of this, I directed many community choirs in Sydney and the Blue Mountains, worked on large community music projects with local councils – including composing the song for the re-lighting of the Olympic Cauldron in Sydney (2001) – and performed as a singer songwriter.
I relocated from Singapore to Byron Shire in 2015 with my family, and I perform with The Loveys, a 6 piece cabaret performance group. I also direct Byron Shire Young Voices, and present workshops and events throughout the year, as well as working at Mullumbimby Primary School and The Pocket Primary School and Shearwater Steiner School as music specialist.
Janet has a particular gift for communicating with a broad cross section of people of diverse ages and backgrounds. Participants speak highly of her skills, commitment, enthusiasm and inspirational teaching and performing techniques.
Anne-Marie Wiles, Cultural Services Coordinator, South Sydney Council