For the last eleven years I have dedicated myself to performing at weddings, private functions, parties and Lodge events around the South Coast alongside my weekly residencies locally to Bournemouth, Poole and the New Forest. I have 28 years of experience in live performance and a wide repertoire of pop, soul, jazz and dance music. I offer a professional and friendly service.

I hold full public liability insurance and all of my equipment is PAT tested.

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I studied music at Poole College and subsequently Chichester College of Arts, Science and Technology gaining a BTEC in popular music.

Since then I have performed at hundreds of weddings and private functions both locally and nationally. I have played alongside DJ sets in nightclubs and at corporate events. I’ve performed with many bands and also orchestras for musicals. With experience performing abroad in Koh Samui Thailand, Taiwan and Europe.
Some previous clients include: The Royal Navy, AFC Bournemouth, Cirque du Soleil, British Telecom, Habitat UK, Lloyds Bank, Bournemouth Tourism Awards and Martin & Co.

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In November 2016 I won the Dorset Wedding Supplier Award for Live Musical Entertainment having also been a finalist in 2014, 2015 and since then in 2017.

I’m currently performing as a solo act with professionally recorded high quality backing tracks. With this I use a small Bose PA system and can set up my equipment to create a background atmosphere for drinks receptions, through a wedding breakfast or an evening function. I also have an up-tempo set for more of a party atmosphere and can provide a larger PA system and lighting if required.

I perform as part of a trio; Skylark Live Music. We offer either an acoustic set with female/male vocals, acoustic guitar and saxophone or we can provide a lively evening party set. We have a variety of lighting and sound options to cater for all events, indoor and outdoor from a small gathering to a large celebration. We can also cater for ‘festival style’ weddings and events.


I can also offer the vocal and saxophone female duo under the same name Skylark Live Music. Playing Pop, Soul, Jazz, Acid Jazz, Disco and Dance classics. Or alongside acoustic guitar. We will tailor our sets for your occasion. Performing for daytime or evening celebrations as background music or a lively evening entertainment.



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