Naomi began her musical tuition at a young age. Her choral training as a chorister began aged 8 at St John the Baptist, Devizes which has developed a reputation for its exceptional standard of music. In 2001 she was awarded the prestigious 'St Cecilia Award' by the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) and was invited to join the RSCM Cathedral Singers, giving her the opportunity to sing at numerous cathedrals in Western England and Wales. Naomi's choral experience enabled her to sing at the late Queen-Mother's birthday and on the BBC's 'Songs of Praise'.
Naomi began individual piano tuition from the age of 6 and achieved her ABRSM grade 8 with distinction in the summer of 2005 for both piano and singing. She is highly regarded as a vocalist in central Wiltshire and has been an invited feature soloist at many concerts and events. Most recently she was the guest soloist at the sell out 'Sing Out' concert at the Devizes Corn Exchange. Naomi has won several awards in music festivals including Bath Music Festival and National Music for Youth.
She graduated from the University of Southampton with a BA (Hons) Music degree in 2008 where she specialised in vocal performance. She studied singing under Rhona McGregor with additional guidance from Keith Davis. Naomi also continued her piano studies and developed her accompaniment skills through accompanying peers in their recitals. Post graduation, Naomi now studies singing under Penny Price-Jones, and gained the ABRSM classical singing diploma in December 2010.
Following her undergraduate course, Naomi spent a year studying and training to become a qualified secondary music teacher at Bath Spa University. She achieved Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in the summer of 2009 and since then has worked as a freelance musician; providing piano and singing tuition and performing at various events. She also offers tuition to pupils studying for their academic Music exams who benefit from extra guidance with theory, history and composition.
Naomi's first love is musical theatre and since appearing on stage at a young age has gone on to appear in many performances in the local area as well as further afield. She has taken part in many critically acclaimed amateur productions in Wiltshire, as well as in Southampton, and her favourite roles to date are Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Carrie in Carousel and Maria in West Side Story. As well as appearing on stage, Naomi enjoys being part of production teams and has acted as musical director for a number of shows as well as vocal coaching adult and child choruses. Naomi is the Assistant Director of Music at St. John the Baptist, Devizes where she assists with taking of practices and services and holds responsibility for prepping the young choristers for their local and national awards.
Quotes from press coverage of Naomi's performances
"Her diction was phenominal and her singing was excellent"
"[Naomi] has shown time and time again that she is blessed with talent in spades"
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