Natalie

NATALIE


I was born in Basildon, Essex  back in 1980 - that's right, I am an Essex girl! 
I have 2 lovely brothers (Matthew & Chay), 2 wonderful parents (Helen & Roy), 5 adorable nieces (Abigail, Grace, Emily, Isabelle & Ruby), 1 gorgeous surrogate nephew! (Bear) and 1 beautiful Godson (Sam).


Mum, Dad, Matt, Chay & I,  all play the piano -  my dad went up to Grade 5, my brothers both went up to Grade 7, and my mum and I achieved our Diplomas - entitling us to become Associates of the London College of Music.
I also recently passed my Musical Theatre Diploma in singing! 
My mum is now a retired Music teacher, but both my mum and dad still play the piano for fun!! 
In their spare time, Matthew composes music, and Chay plays the drums in our band!
(Check out our page - Carbon Copy!) 
Obviously the Piano is my main instrument, followed by Voice, but I also took the Trombone up to Grade 5 and the Saxophone up to Grade 3.
I started singing when I was 14 and I was in my first band which was 'Doctor Palmer and his seven daughters'! Predominantly an originals band, which was lots of fun!

I have been very lucky to work with so many Professional & Amateur Dramatic Societies, and for the past 12 years I have turned my hand to Musical Directing - including fantastic shows such as 'Beauty & The Beast, West Side Story, Mack & Mabel, The King & I, Little Women, Secret Garden' to name a few.  Please keep checking back here or on my facebook page for upcoming productions.
From 2004 - 2011, I accompanied 'The Howard Wallace Chorale' in Shenfield, Essex, under the direction of Tim Rhys-Morgan. A fantastic choir consisting of about 80 singers. 
In 2010, I became a resident tutor of the choir 'Funky Voices' (under the direction of Sandra Colston) - superb group - Check out their page - www.funkyvoices.co.uk

I have directed the Basildon Junior Schools Music Festival in the past and am returning this year, and I have been the resident MD for the Chelmsford Festival for the past 7 years - this involves 1000 children singing their hearts out.... lovely!!

At 18, I was approached by my music teacher who asked if I would come and sing with his Function band at weekends - a great opportunity which I snapped up! 'Sunset Boulevard' was a typical Function band, playing all the standards for Weddings, parties etc.

As the band began to fold, my music teacher, now very good friend, John Stevenson asked if I wanted to be in a duo with him, so 'It takes Two' was formed in 2000. We worked up until the end of 2002 as I had now met the lovely Nikky Napier who asked me if I would like to join 'Calico'.

I quickly explained that I knew absolutely nothing about the Country/Linedance circuit but Nikky assured me that I would soon grow to love it, which indeed I did!
Nikky and I became the best of friends, and I loved working with both her and Shanks (Brian) - The band, as all bands do, went through their changes, but all for the better.

At the end of 2006, I left Calico, which, to date, has been the hardest decision to make.  I have always worked heavily with the Amateur Dramatic circuit, and with the amount of workload that Calico had, I found it impossible to do both.
After 3 months of leaving - I was asked to do Peace-Trains social, which just made me realise how much I missed everybody!
So, with the encouragement from Peace-Train, I started up on my own, it has worked much better for me, as I now run my own diary and can cater for everything - including sleep!!

I am the resident MD for Lennox Productions, and I also co-run another production company called Firebirds.  Since July 2014, I have been working in the Lennox Charity's office helping with fundraising.  It is so rewarding and I absolutely love it!

I have been awarded the maximum
of 
5 Crystal Boot Awards
for 'Dedicated Dance Artist' 
An absolute honour. Thank you all!!!

Thank you for reading.
N x