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Instruments Taught

Piano

Hourly Fee
Beginner £50.00
Intermediate £50.00
Casual £50.00

Singing

Hourly Fee
Beginner £50.00
Intermediate £50.00
Advanced £50.00
Expert £50.00
Casual £50.00

Music Theory

Hourly Fee
Beginner £50.00
Intermediate £50.00
Advanced £50.00
Expert £50.00
Casual £50.00

Composition

Hourly Fee
Beginner £50.00
Intermediate £50.00
Advanced £50.00
Expert £50.00
Casual £50.00

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Personal Description:

Fini (Fiona) is an acclaimed UK jazz vocalist, composer and improvisor with ‘an emotional intensity, heightened by the beauty of her multifaceted, soulful voice’ (Jazzwise). With her acclaimed third album 'Burn the Boat' (Two Rivers Records, October 2016), ’s songs engage the listener in a captivating and genuine way - ‘…The most memorable collection of self-penned songs you’ll hear all year…’ (Jazzwise)…’A classy release which shows how some of the most enriching music is made in the cracks between genres and where cultures meet.’ (The Guardian).

A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music (BMus Jazz Studies, 2007) and Jazz Institute Berlin (MMus Composition and Performance, 2009), Fini has built a career performing at major festivals and venues across the UK and Europe, notably London Jazz Festival, Berlin Jazz Festival, Glastonbury, and venues including Ronnie Scotts, The Barbican, The A-Trane (Berlin) and Jazzland (Vienna). Fini has been nominated for various awards including Jazz Singer of the Year by the Global Music Foundation, and was the recipient for several music prizes including the Hampshire Music Foundation and the Arts Council England and Jazz Services touring scheme.

As a performer and composer Fini has worked with numerous artists including Guillermo Klein, Kenny Wheeler, Bobby McFerrin and John Hollenbeck. Fini’s music has had frequent radio play including BBC 2 with Jamie Callum, JazzFM, BBC London, 'In Tune' on BBC 3, BBC 2, BBC Kent, Hoxton Radio, Resonance and JazzRadio Berlin. Fini’s second album Porgy & Bess (F-IRE Records, Autumn 2014) received much praise both on the UK jazz scene and from the national press, including a four star reviews from Jazzwise, ‘…Reworkings that show such imagination, subtlety and depths of emotion that they immediately take up residence in your heart’, (Peter Quinn). This album was named one of the Top 10 Albums of 2015 by **Web Address Removed**

“’s voice is at its most sophisticated. Heartbreak is rarely this beautiful…’ Bruce Lindsay **Web Address Removed**

“ has never sounded lovelier.”
Peter Quinn, theartsdesk (4 stars)

'Fini has a rare sense of melody running through her eclectic compositions, full of catchy twists and turns. Her voice, effortlessly moving between a light precision and a warm soulfulness is unmistakably her own… '
Liam Noble, pianist, composer

Tutoring Experience:

BMus (hons) Vocal studies (Jazz), Guildhall School of Music and Drama

MMus Composition and perfromance, Jazz Institute Berlin/Universität der Kunst

Lecturer of composition and singing at Leeds College of Music

Tutoring Approach:

I am a passionate and experienced teacher and my primary objective is to cater your lessons to your individual needs and motivation. If you are working towards music exams I will help to focus and prepare you to reach your potential in the timeframe. Likewise if you are working towards a performance/show I will work with you across all areas of the performance to make sure that you are well prepared and in peak vocal condition for the event/s. If this is just for fun then I will endeavour that we cover whatever chosen music you would like to explore, whilst finding ways to challenge and keep you in engaged.

My specialism lies in jazz and improvisation but my experience as a performer comes from a range of styles and genres, and due to my varied training I have a technical foundation that underlies all the work that I do. I believe that a solid vocal technique and some understanding of vocal anatomy allows the singer to work in any chosen genre. I am sure some of you may have heard singing teachers claim that singing ins 'pop' style could damage a 'classical' voice, and is therefore discouraged. This can be alarming to the young (or old) student, but luckily these are rather 'old school' mentalities and this just isn't the case - a good technique will take you wherever you want to go.

I have studied with various Estill Method teachers over the years and this approach has suited me very well. Estill promotes the idea that any voice can sing any style, you just have to understand how to make that sound. If you would like to learn more then you can find out **E-mail Address Removed**. However, whilst it worked for me it might not work for you, and that's why there is a vast range of vocal techniques and methods out there, so get investigating!

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Native Language: English (British)
Additional Languages: German
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

Qualifications:

  • Jazz Institute Berlin, Germany (2009) - MMus performance and composition (Masters) (✔ On File)
  • Guildhall School of Music Drama, London (2007) - BMus Music performance (Bachelors) (✔ On File)

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