Mary’s solo singing career encompassed a wide range of operatic and concert repertoire with a specialisation in the contemporary classical canon. As a teacher, coach, broadcaster and writer, her professional experience covers many genres of music.
Focussing on the training of singers, she designed English National Opera’s The Knack course which ran for 12 years; worked in drama, music theatre, classical and contemporary classes for the WAPPA in Australia, and now as Vocal Talent Consultant at Glyndebourne where she has devised a training scheme for singers of potential who have faced barriers to making a path into classical music.
She created and was director of Southbank Centre’s Voicelab which led to diverse projects, from chorus mastering Bernstein’s Mass for performances in the Royal Festival Hall conducted by Marin Alsop, through to community singing events with thousands on the banks of the Thames, as well as professional casting (Carmen Jones, Sweeney Todd, Lost in the Stars) and collaborations with Elbow; Billy Bragg; Paco Pena and Bobby McFerrin.
Equally at home in Musical Theatre, she has taught at the Royal Academy of Music, and Arts Ed as well as being voice coach on many West End shows.
She is known as a regular broadcaster on both radio and television, and as a regular pundit on BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. She has authored a series of coaching books for Boosey and Hawkes and also co-wrote The Singer’s Handbook, published by Faber.