Firstly I should perhaps explain where the name Dame Chlorella came from. When I was thinking about a singing career I had a friend who is Professor of Bio Chemistry and he came up with various names including Acacia P Mrytlebaum and then Dame Chlorella which is the green slime that forms on water I gather. The latter name stuck!
My career has been varied and after following a teaching career on parental advice, despite loving drama and singing. The classic advice “Get yourself a good career first”. I studied for a B.Ed in Home Economics at Gloucestershire College of Education between 1977 and 1980. Infact the College closed as we departed. I will post about these years and no doubt have some interesting photos to share!
After qualifying I taught at Bartholomew School in Oxfordshire for three years before moving on to the Quaker School in Sibford Ferris Sibford School where I stayed for nine years.
Then came the moment when I decided to leave teaching and do the music thing! I spent six months having extra singing tuition with Laura Sarti and Paul Webster. I even auditioned for Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesties Theatre in front of Cameron Mackintosh – allegedly!
More of the singing years later. I then decided I needed some money so applied for a job as a Library Assistant in the Music Department of the Bodleian LIbrary in Oxford where I ended up working for three very happy years.
Having cleared my system of the need to try the singing I then decided I needed to develop a career. I applied for and was appointed as an events person at UKERNA as it was in 1996 where I stayed until April 2014. It is now part of Jisc. I met my husband whilst working at UKERNA.
Now I have time on my hands to do things like write my first ever blog.