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. She 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.
Dip (Mus), BA (Hons) in Music
Lauren has had a talent for music from a young age, passing 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 choirs and she even played piano for the world premiere of the BBC documentary on Harry Corbett and Sooty.
Lauren is now putting all of her time into Singing Mums. As well as writing song arrangements, she leads both the Harrogate and Leeds choirs. During the Coronavirus pandemic, she led weekly online choir sessions and taught, conducted and organised our Singing Mums lockdown video of ‘Wonder’, earning over 1.2k views on Youtube. As restrictions lifted, she ran sessions outdoors, working towards an extremely successful ‘come back’ gig for Singing Mums at RHS Gardens Harlow Carr.
As well as being director of music, Lauren also directs the Singing Mums business. Most recently organising a sell out launch night for Singing Mums – Ilkley, alongside Georgia, she hopes to be opening more choirs in the area soon.
Sarah Stead – LSDE LAMDA Diploma in Speech, Communication and Drama Education, BA (Hons) Music Production, MA Popular Music and Culture.
Sarah’s love of music started from a young age. With a wealth of performance experiences including two European concert tours, Sarah hopes to ignite a passion for music in others.
Sarah is an experienced choir leader, musician and drama teacher. Previous examples of Sarah’s work include her roles as ‘WIRED’ project tutor for Yorkshire Sound Women Network, (engaging young women in the exploration of Music Technology); Facilitator of Musicultural Conversations, (a project for Asylum Seekers and Refugees which aims to develop conversational English through music); Music Director for the Armley People’s Theatre’s production of ‘An Armley Christmas Carol’; Music Director for St Vincent’s Centre community choir and Moortown West Residents Community Association’s community choir.
Sarah continues to develop her delivery of community arts facilitation in her ongoing work with Vera Media. Vera Media is an adult education provider based in Leeds.
Kim Linfoot – Dip (Contemporary Popular Musics), BA (Hons) in Music Theatre, Postgraduate in Musical Theatre, PGCE in FE Performing Arts and Music, QTLS in Secondary and Primary Education/Drama and Music
Kim is a pro singer and ex pro musical theatre performer. She has taught performing arts for the last 16 years. Kim is drama tutor at Garforth Academy Performing Arts School and teaches private singing lessons to all ages. She has worked in FE for the last 11 years before moving into teaching secondary and has created some incredible work in the Yorkshire area.
Kim runs and front lines her band ‘The Hummingbirds’ which is a close vocal harmony trio, all set to 1940’s swing, jazz and jive. She set up her band 5 years ago as a new mum, understanding the mental and physical health benefits of singing with others. She also works with mental health organisations to support new mums on their journey through motherhood.
Singing in choirs such as Opera North all her life, has given her a love and joy of singing with others and appreciating the beautiful sound voices can create together. Kim looks forward to bringing her love of music, harmonies, positivity and singing to Singing Mums – Ilkley.