Moira is a passionate vocal animateur and youth music educator committed to getting people singing and making music. She is also powerful advocator of all the benefits such community engagement brings.
An East Lothian schooled pianist and singer Moira continued her music education at Newcastle University where she completed her BA at undergraduate level before being invited to specialise in conducting and composing for her Mmus masters degree.
Moira started working with the East Lothian Youth Music Initiative in 2010 as co-creator of Charades Theatre Company and shortly after with the creation of her first early years Musical Discovery Project ‘Pirates Ahoy!’. In the last decade she has expanded her Musical Discovery series to include the eco storytelling projects ‘The River Path’, ‘Bee Green’and ‘Time To Fly’, has co-written several new musicals for schools with Charades, and facilitated composed songs for a series of song writing projects entitled Voices in Harmony. Her work with the Youth Music Initiative has taken her to hundreds of schools across Midlothian, Edinburgh, the Borders and Angus councils, as well as in East Lothian.
In 2012 Moira started working for the National Youth Choir of Scotland, NYCoS, as director of the Dunbar cluster group for the YMI NYCoS Singing Project. This new role and the training she embarked upon ignited a fierce new passion for the Kodaly method of music education. She has dedicated herself to further training since and has attended yearly NYCoS Summer Schools, Kodaly modules at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and most recently the two week 2019 summer program at the Kodaly Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary. In 2019 Moira also took on the delivery of the early years Kodaly Singing Out! programme with Charlotte McMillan.
Outwith her work for the Youth Music Initiative Moira conducts several choirs; Dunbar Voices, NYCoS Midlothian, Health in Harmony Choir and the Gilmerton Singers and is regularly commissioned as a composer and/or booked as a conductor and vocal animateur for Music Co-operative Scotland to deliver song writing and community opera projects for the Lammermuir Festival, Haddo Arts Festival and the Milngavie Music Club.
Moira loves her work; the variety and diversity of projects and young people she gets to work with, the chance to work in and build communities of all shapes and sizes and the smiles, laughter and sense of belonging that making music brings. She thrives on every day being different, on the new challenges and joys that each session brings and the opportunity to share her passion for singing.