Phoebe has has great success performing across the UK and composing for the BAFTA nominated feature film, Kajaki. The True Story.
We find out what it is like working on such an amazing project and what her classes are all about.
1. When did you start performing?
I have been performing ever since I was a kid (yep, one of those musical theatre types!) singing, acting, dancing, you name it. I loved musicals, close harmony groups, and drama, so spent a lot of time on stage! I started performing my own original material at around 13/14, my first full gig being in my local pub down in Kent. I also play cello so performed in orchestras and musical pits during my teen years and early Uni career.
2. Your song was featured in a BAFTA nominated film. What was that like?
A truly enlightening experience. I was able to meet the real Vets from the film, their partners, the actor counterparts, film makers, everyone involved, and not only provide the music for the film, but also work on the production team. The film (Kajaki. The True Story, or Kilo Two Bravo as it was re named for American release), is about a group of British soldiers and an incident that happened in Afghanistan in 2006. There is no music throughout the film, until my song is played over the credit sequence at the end where the audience is introduced to the real veterans via photos and blurbs. It was an honour to be asked to provide the only piece of music in the film, and a daunting one at that! I had to make sure the narrative and emotion suited the gravitas of the film, appropriately ending what is an extremely powerful, gripping feature. The best thing I have gained from the project is the response to the song: from the real Vets and their families, and soldiers from around the world who have gotten in touch after watching the film with some truly beautiful comments. An incredible, heart-warming experience.
“It was an honour to be asked to provide the only piece of music in the film, and a daunting one at that!”
3. Why do you love teaching?
As cheesy as it sounds – inspiration. I wouldn’t be the musician I am now if it weren’t for my music teachers, parents, and everyone who has and continues to guide me in all aspects of music. If I can be that motivational, inspiring person to my students, then my job is fulfilled.
4. You run Beginners Singing and Gospel Choir. What are these classes like?
Great fun! I really enjoy taking these classes. Everyone who comes is looking for a fun, relaxed, yet educational environment to sing, be they experienced or total beginners. The energy is great, everyone has a brilliant time, perfect way to spend your Sunday!
5. You are a singer and multi-instrumentalist. Why is learning an instrument important?
Music is an extremely versatile art form. Understanding how it can be expressed through different instruments really opens your eyes to it’s power and your ability to convey that power. Singing, playing piano, guitar, saxophone, the triangle, are all different forms of musical expression. It is not the case that you are a ‘better’ musician because of how many instruments you play, but being knowledgable in how music can be expressed through different outlets is helpful in understanding it as an art. I would always say being a master at your first instrument (including voice) is better than being a beginner on 5 or 6 instruments. Besides, if you’re already great at one instrument, picking up another is far easier than if you are just starting out!
“I wouldn’t be the musician I am now if it weren’t for my music teachers, parents, and everyone who has and continues to guide me in all aspects of music”
6. What is your biggest achievement?
Working on ‘All of My Life’ for Kajaki. The True Story was an incredible experience, and a fantastic step into London, and the industry. I have also been gigging and honing my original songs and music for years, and am very proud and excited about my recent set of recordings, due to be released later this year. Biggest achievement so far however is still being able to do what I love after a year and half in this crazy city of London! Long may that continue for every artist and creative doing their thang!