SingAbout practitioners

We run weekly, fortnightly and monthly SingAbout sessions in towns across the Isle of Wight, led by our experienced practitioners:


Erica MyersErica Myers: Newport SingAbout; Singing for Breathing

Erica leads our SingAbout group in Newport and Singing for Breathing (with British Lung Foundation support) at St Mary’s Hospital.

Erica has worked in the health and social sector for over 25 years in Oxford, Buckingham and Isle of Wight. Her experience ranges from singing with under-fives and their parents, Singing for Wellbeing, IW Music practitioner (adult), Mental Health Adult, Education & Training Adult, and Dementia Awareness.

She enjoys reading, walking, music and morris dancing. Her choir experience includes ‘a cappella’ groups. She plays clarinet, piano, recorder and ukulele for her own pleasure.


Hanna NixonHanna Nixon: Ryde SingAbout and Ventnor SingAbout

Island-born Hanna's jobs have included making costumes for the actor Ricky Tomlinson, performing in musical theatre and filming for the BBC. She also has her own Tribute business where she pays homage to Marilyn Monroe. She has worked with the touring Rat Pack tributes and settled back on the Island after 15 years working away on stages up and down the UK.

Proud of her Island roots and what she brings to the community by singing, she has been working for the past three years in a nursing home, bringing joy and laughter to residents through song and love. She is delighted to lead Ryde and (from Jan 2019) Ventnor SingAbout.


John NormantonJohn Normanton: SingAbout bank practitioner

With over 40 years' experience of stage and theatre work, John joined our team in 2016 and leads SingAbout groups across the island when other practitioners are away.

Professionally trained in singing, he formed and ran a youth theatre in his former Lancashire home town, appeared in over 80 shows and produced and directed amateur musicals in the Lancashire and Yorkshire region. He has performed in cabaret and sings with the Phoenix Choir on the Island.

Having moved to the Island some 12 years ago, he is aware of the benefits of singing and community and enjoys seeing the improvements and wellbeing the sessions bring to our participants.


Jane PelhamJane Pelham: Freshwater and East Cowes SingAbout

Jane has been leading Freshwater SingAbout since 2011 and brings a wealth of musical experience and a love of a whole variety of musical styles to the sessions. She also now leads our weekly SingAbout in East Cowes.





Brenda RoweBrenda Rowe: SingAbout bank practitioner

Brenda trained in dance and voice in London, and became a George Mitchell Singer. She performed in The Black and White Minstrel Show, and later at the Casino du Liban, in Beirut.

Her music qualifications enabled her to teach in four continents from kindergarten, to university and teacher training. This is reflected in her compositions and recordings where she draws on dance themes, folk idioms and several instruments.

On the Isle of Wight she accompanies the Brighstone Belles Choir, plays in a recorder consort, joins with Sandy Kealty in the ukulele band and plays at the IoW Harp Festival. She also sings in the choir and sometimes plays the organ at St Peter's Church, Shorwell.

Brenda aims to share her joy in music and song so you experience a real lift after her SingAbout sessions.

Moira SugdenMoira Sugden: SingAbout bank practitioner

Moira has enjoyed being involved with music from a young age, playing piano and violin, singing and leading in a variety of choirs and playing in orchestras.

Her work career started with general nursing, then mental health nursing and through the ranks to teaching health professionals at University of Southampton which she continues to do one day a week.

Moira is excited to be part of Singabout as a bank practitioner and hopes to meet up with many of the groups and help make friends through music. The emphasis will be on enjoyable singing, participation and fun.


Janice ThornJanice Thorn: Bembridge and Yarmouth SingAbout

Janice runs our monthly pop-up SingAbout sessions in Bembridge and Yarmouth, helping out at other sessions when required.

She trained as a music teacher and worked in schools on the mainland as well as abroad before settling on the island in 1997.

Before retiring from teaching, Janice taught music at Northwood Primary School and Watergate School. She currently sings with Cantata Choir and fully understands the power and benefit of group singing.

She likes to introduce a wide variety of material to her sessions and thoroughly enjoys working with the SingAbout groups.



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