Musical Director Theatre
Debbie was musical director for her first show at the age of 16 - Wizard of Oz in her hometown of Ramsgate, Kent. Over the last 30 years she has been involved with more than 200 productions with various theatre companies, both professional and amateur, in and around the London area.
In the 1990's she worked with Martin Starkie on various performances of Canterbury Tales, including a concert version starring Fenella Fielding in St Margaret's Church in Parliament Square. She was also musical director for two separate full length productions, the latter of which toured to Germany.
For seven years Debbie was musical director for the annual pantomime at Epsom Playhouse.
Debbie has worked with most of the amateur theatre companies in South London and Surrey including The Lyric Players, Epsom Players, Wallington Operatic, Epsom Light and DDOS. Favourites shows with orchestra include Hello Dolly at Wimbledon Theatre, Sweeney Todd (with 20 piece orchestra including harp!), A Chorus Line and NODA award winning Witches of Eastwick at Epsom Playhouse, Oliver! at Dorking Halls and West Side Story, South Pacific and The Producers at the Secombe. She also enjoys working on smaller studio theatre productions and favourites include Baker's Wife, Company, Slice of Saturday Night and Titanic the Musical.
Debbie has also worked extensively in Youth Theatre. She worked for seven years for Westminster Theatre Arts Project which was a borough-wide project aiming to get disadvantaged teenagers off the streets and into the theatre. Highlights of the project include performing at the London Palladium, filming at ITV studios on the South Bank and, in collaboration with English National Opera, staging a jazz version of Rigoletto which saw ENO opera singers starring alongside a teenage cast. She was also involved in the Miracles Project which sought to reach hundreds of young people in inner-London boroughs through the performing arts. The performance took place at the Royal Albert Hall and Debbie conducted The London Musici to accompany the singers - a career highlight! Debbie also worked with Best Shot Theatre Company in Wimbledon, Younger Generation in Croydon, Redroofs Theatre School on musical theatre students graduation shows and Centre Stage Theatre School which she set up and ran for eight years with partner Linda Davies. The pair also went on to run Abacus Agency, a theatrical agency for children, teenagers and young adults in film, television and theatre. They relinquished the helm after eleven years and Debbie continued to work for the company for a further five years..
Having been a founder member of the Kent Youth Choir when she was at school, choral singing has always been a passion of Debbie's. Whilst at the RCM she had the pleasure of singing under Sir David Willcocks and participated in several choral concerts at the Royal Albert Hall.
As a choir leader, Debbie has worked with many different choirs of all ages and abilities over the years, from school choirs to church choirs, festival winning choral groups and choir entrants in Sainsburys Choir of the Year. In Hastings she was appointed to the International Composers Festival as Assistant Conductor working with the Festival Chorus for the Opening Concert in Sept 2015
Debbie is currently musical director for Harmony One - a female vocal harmony group based in Hastings. Founded in Jan 2015 they have quickly built a reputation for beautiful singing and strong harmonies. They have given several concerts over the last two years and also appeared at many festivals and community events in Hastings. To find out more about Harmony One visit their website here
Debbie was appointed as Resident Musical Director to Sound Waves Community Choir in January 2016. The choir sing a cappella and Debbie arranges most of their music. See the choir (and Debbie!) in action by visiting their YouTube channel here
Debbie is also Assistant Musical Director for MJ's Choirs The Hastings Town Singers and The Brighton City Singers