BA (Hons) Popular Music Studies, PGCE in FE
Georgia is a pro singer/songwriter and has been a singing teacher for the past 16 years. She is currently the vocal tutor at Leeds Arts University. Georgia runs the Leeds Arts Uni Pop Choir and several vocal groups as well as remaining in the background at Singing Mums doing lots of the song arrangements and recordings. Georgia releases her own music and leads seven piece pop band ‘The State of Georgia,’ recently gaining lots of radio play.
Georgia set up Singing Mums when her first little boy was a baby so she could take him to work with her. As the babies got older, she decided to run it as an evening choir, realising the mental and physical benefits for busy Mums to have something just for them. Georgia ran the Leeds group for many years and has now has passed the reigns to Lauren. Georgia drops in from time to time and is very happy to have recruited such talented teachers to keep Singing Mums going.
Lauren Elliott – Dip (Mus), BA (Hons) in Music
Lauren has had a talent for music from a young age, passing her grade 8 piano at 16. After having her son, she gained a diploma and BA (Hons) in Music from the Open University. Since then she has sung with, accompanied, taught and wrote arrangements for a number of different choirs including the Otley Choral Society, Vocal Assembly and Little Warblers children’s choir. Her most impressive arrangement was Handel’s ‘Messiah’ for four different choirs and she even played piano for the world premiere of the BBC documentary on Harry Corbett and Sooty.
Lauren’s most recent experience includes arranging songs for Singing Mums, teaching Singing Mums – Harrogate for the past two years and more recently becoming teacher for Singing Mums – Leeds. During the Coronavirus pandemic, she led online choir sessions each week and taught, conducted and organised our Singing Mums lockdown video of ‘Wonder’ (arr. G Jakubiak), earning over 1.2k views on Youtube.
Jackie Craig – BA (Hons), PGCE in Secondary Music
Jackie has been making music for over 40 years. Her musical career started with Artforms, in Leeds, as a peripatetic pianist and singing leader at primary schools across the city. She then obtained a PGCE in Secondary Music at the University of Huddersfield and followed this with eight years teaching and leading arts subjects at a special school.
Since 2017 she has been a freelance creative practitioner, leading singing groups, choirs and projects for health and wellbeing across West Yorkshire.
For the past three years, she has successfully being running Singing Mums – Wakefield, performing at events such as The Ridings FM Christmas Light Switch On, Hepworth Christmas Market, Pontefract Liquorice Festival, Longdivision Festival and the West Yorkshire Pop Choir Festival.