My Story

‘Nothing makes me happier than singing for people. A lady gave me free singing lessons when I was 15 and introduced me to Opera, and I’ve been devoted to singing ever since. I attended The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama for 6 years, got chosen by Sir Thomas Allen for a series of masterclasses with The Samling Foundation, and then went onto work for Opera companies around Europe for 10 years, as well as singing on the concert platform. I started at Glyndebourne Festival Opera (wonderful place to work), moved over to Amsterdam and sang for Dutch National Opera, various other smaller companies in Holland, in Het Concertgebouw, in Het Theater Carre, and appeared on Dutch Television. Life then took me to Belgium to work for The Flemish Opera and later for Opera Monte Carlo.

Whilst I was living in Belgium I started my own initiative calling myself ‘The Down to Earth Diva’ which eventually became ‘Opera for the People’. I appeared on Belgian TV and radio, sang at many events including at a champagne house in Reims, and in a castle in Germany. My focus is on bringing happiness to people and I love combining my Northern English roots, and making Opera and music accessible to people in a friendly way. I devised a Song Menu (see below), and I let people choose what they would like me to sing for them. It’s full of popular Opera Classics, Classical Songs, songs from musicals, and my Pavarotti pop section.

I’ve also lived in New York where I put my own show on called ‘A Soprano and a Suitcase’, and my latest project is a tribute to Julie Andrews called ‘A Spoonful of Julie’, which was co-written with Stuart Barham, the former musical director of Cats with Elaine Paige. It’s full of songs and medleys from all your favourite Julie things and if you love Julie as much as I do, book tickets to see one of my shows (dates and venues are in my events section). My life is about singing for people wherever I go and I love what I do. I write a blog at full of my stories as I go along. Please get in touch if you would like me to come and sing for you. No request is too small. Either contact my manager Keri Sparkes or get in touch with me personally at or 07838360195. I’m living my dream, following my heart and seeing where life takes me.....’


A Spoonful of Julie: My amazing tribute to Julie Andrews. My heart and soul on a plate. Songs, anecdotes and sing-alongs from your favourite Julie things.

Friday 27th September, 7.30pm The Civic, Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth, HD93AS Buy Tickets
Or call 01484 682 643

Opera for the People: An evening of popular opera and crossover music. Choose the songs from my song menu.

Saturday 27th July, 2.30pm Heath URC, Free School Lane, Halifax Tickets: Contact Elizabeth on 07594 210110
Saturday 3rd August Carry on Camping Festival, West Midlands Showground, Shrewsbury More info: Facebook
Friday 9th August, 6.00pm Picnic in the Park, Back o’ th’ hill farm, Skipton Tickets: Contact Peter on 07702 415772
Saturday 10th August Jam for Freedom Festival, Springfield Farm, St Albans Buy Tickets
Friday 6th September, 7.30pm North Duffield Village Hall, Back Lane, Selby, YO85RJ Tickets £10 available from Josie 07946 624919
Saturday September 28th, 7.30pm Skipton Town Hall, High St, Skipton BD23 1AH Tickets £15. Box Office: 01756 706 397 or Skipton Town Hall
Sunday 13th October, 1.30pm Masham Town Hall, Little Market Place, Masham Buy Tickets
Saturday 9th November, 7.30pm Orthodox Church of Holy Apostles, Leyland Buy Tickets
Friday 15th November, 7.30pm Husthwaite Village Hall, York YO61 4PY Adults £12, accompanied children FREE
Tickets: Contact Sheila on 07836721775 or email
Saturday 15th March, 7.30pm The Milton Rooms, Market Place, Malton, North Yorkshire YO177LX Buy Tickets


Some previews of my Julie Andrews show...

Here's a sneaky preview of what I can do....

...and this is my story and some of the songs that have been a part of it...

A few highlights from my time in New York...

Song Menu

Take a look at my Song Menu and custom design your own event if you'd like (you choose the songs and I'll sing them).


Come scoglio (Fiordiligi being a teenager) Mozart

Quando m'en vo (Musettas' flirty number from 'La Boheme. Lock up your husbands!!!) Puccini

Vissi d'arte (Tosca's famous second act aria) Puccini

Si, mi chiamano Mimi ('My name is Mimi'. Are you also a hopeless romantic like me?) Puccini

Casta Diva (Maria Callas made this famous and it's one of my faves too) Bellini

Voi che sapete (Cherubino, a teenager in love) Mozart

Belle nuit, o nuit d'amour (From Tales of Hoffmann and also very famous) Offenbach

0 mio babbino caro (The most famous Soprano aria ever) Puccini

Brindisi (Time to celebrate with a glass of wine from Verdi's 'La Traviata')

Je Veux Vivre (I'm the belle of the ball song by Gounod')

Summertime (Gershwin's famous Porgy and Bess number)

Porgi Amor (The Countess is not happy) Mozart

Song to the Moon (Rusalka's gorgeous aria) Dvorak

Lascia ch'io pianga (it's tissue time for this one) Handel

Un bel di vedremo (Madama Butterfly dreaming of Mr. Pinkerton’s return) Puccini

Ch'il bel sogno (the taste of a sweet kiss, long remembered) La Rondine Puccini

Una voce poco fa (Rosina's famous Cavatina from The Barber of Seville) Rossini

The Jewel Song (Marguerite is a lady she doesn't recognise with all the jewels on) Gounod

Donde Lieta (Mimi asking for her stuff back after a fight with Rodolfo) Puccini

L'altra notte (Margherita going nuts in her prison cell) Mefistofele

Mercé dilette (This girl is feeling the joy, about to get married) Verdi

Qui la voce (Let me melt in one of my ultimate favourite arias) Puccini

Ach, ich fühl's (Pamina is not a happy girl right now) Mozart


Ave Maria (Bach or Schubert or Caccini, so choose the one you like the most)

Panis Angelicus (Takes me right back to the choir I sang in when I was 13)

Funiculi Funicula (I can't sing this without thinking of my name Nicola)

0 Sole Mio (if you fancy being serenaded or want a cornetto)

Pie Jesu (Andrew Lloyd Webbers Requiem one)

Abide with me (Nothing like singing a good soppy hymn)

Time to Say Goodbye (Time to do my Sarah Brightman Andrew Lloyd Webber singing thing)

The Merry Widow Waltz (don't be shy if you feel like dancing)

Let the Bright Seraphim (Handel is the tops with this cheery number)


Somewhere Over the Rainbow (There's no place like home)

I Could Have Danced All Night (The lady was certainly fair in this film)

Edelweiss (My sing along musical since the age of 5, and my favourite)

Singin' in the Rain (Get your umbrellas out)

I Got Rhythm (and a whole lot more)

I Have Confidence (Julie Andrews rocks ...)

The Sound of Music Medley (A bit of some of my Julie Andrews faves)

Nella Fantasia (II Divo do a good version of this, also known as Gabriel's Oboe)

A Spoonful of Sugar (it certainly does make the world go round)

S'wonderful (let's go back to Fred and Ginger) Gershwin

Do,Re,Mi (Let's start at the very beginning, it's a very good place to start) The Sound of Music

Don't cry for me Argentina (Evita's famous Madonna number) Lloyd Webber

I have dreamed (very soppy and romantic) Rodgers and Hammerstein

The Sound of Music (The hills are alive) Rodgers and Hammerstein

Feed the Birds (Walt Disney's favourite song from Mary Poppins) Richard M. Sherman

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (listen to me saying it backwards too) Richard M. Sherman

Getting to know you (The King and I) Rodgers and Hammerstein

Pop and the rest...

What a Wonderful World (Louis' famous number)

Imagine (The legend of Lennon)

Angels (Robbie Williams sounds good as opera too)

Amazing Grace (a gospel classic)

Danny Boy (Irish through and through)

Yesterday (The Beatles done opera style)

Your Song (Elton John is my favourite)

Run (The Down to Earth Diva does Leona Lewis, does Snow Patrol)

Only You (a bit of Yazoo if you can remember this one)

Barcelona (Oh, how I've longed to sing this one for years. Monserrat here I come)

All You Need is Love (Sing along if you want)

The Scientist (Never thought I’d sing a bit of Coldplay)

It Don’t Mean a Thing (have you got the swing of Duke Ellington?)

Unchained Melody (I'm all Patrick Swayze with this one and not Robson and Jerome) The Righteous Brothers

All By Myself (Still looking for my Mr. Darcy too) Phil Collins

Bridge Over Troubled Water (Not a cheery one, but a classic none the less) Simon and Garfunkel

I Will Always Love You (Whitney, Whitney, what went wrong?) Dolly Parton