My name is Mary Bourne, and I am a freelance choir director. I am the founder and Musical Director of Singing it back est 2008. I’m a qualified Vocal Health First Aider and former British Lung foundation qualified choir leader. I am a singer, songwriter, community choir leader, musical event manager and love bringing musical ideas to life.
I’m a passionate and experienced choir leader, singer, songwriter, performer, event manager, vlogger, podcaster and parent. My ethos is that music is for all regardless of musical background. Creativity and collaboration are key to my work.
Since 2008 I have worked alongside some fabulous mentors, coaches, choir leaders, composers and performers including Gareth Malone (for Military Wives Choirs War Horse production); Kevin Fox (former Swingles Singer); Dr Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher (Vocal process); Phoene Cave (British Lung Foundation); Nicola Harrison (Embodima vocal training); Dr Jenevora Williams (Vocal health education).
Choirs come in all shapes and sizes. Our current choirs meet for wellbeing, performance, and competitions. Our auditioned ensemble ‘Cluedo Choir’ received runners up place in the Richmond Festival 2020.
I am a strong believer that learning is for life. I am a qualified Vocal Health First Aider, Embodima Trained singing teacher, Association of British Choral director trained conductor.
I play double bass, guitar and piano for fun and never tire of making music with others.
I am an active walker, outdoor swimmer, kayaker and find great inspiration for my work in nature.
I am currently writing a songbook created during the pandemic. The book will be available in 2021.
Making music is my greatest joy.
Do get in touch if you’d like to create and collaborate with me. I’d love to hear from you.