I've been performing professionally since I was 14 years old so I have had a lot of experience. Back then I performed in pubs, clubs and at private parties, doing either my own set, or backing vocals for a Wiltshire based Neil Diamond tribute act.
In May 1998 I helped set up a children's singing group called Loud and Proud. I helped with the choreography and vocal arrangements including teaching some of the members vocal harmonies. I still go back to help them with big events and running vocal technique workshops. They have just had their 15th anniversary show June 2013.
After leaving school I went on to do a 2 year diploma in Performing Arts at Cricklade College in Andover where I excelled in singing, dance and choreography.
Moving to London in 2003 I completed a 1 year diploma in Popular Music Performance at Vocaltech, Vocal School.
After taking some time out to travel, I returned to study at the London College of Music with Vocaltech doing a 3 years Hons Degree in Popular Music Performance, which I completed in 2009 receiving a 2:1.
WHAT I DO NOW:
RICHMOND MUSIC TRUST
Since finishing my degree I have had a lot of success. One of which is working for the Richmond Music Trust. At the Richmond Music Trust I teach singing in many different ways.
Singing Lessons in Schools: I am the singing teacher for small groups/individual in schools in the Richmond area.
Wider Opportunities; Wider Opportunities is a government initiative, designed to give all KS2 children the chance to play an instrument as an integral part of National Curriculum music lessons. Singing is the introduction to this at foundation level and is a great way to help children experience music. I teach wider opportunity lessons in many school in Richmond.
Singing Festival and Live@The Rose; These are 2 great events run by the trust that I help with. I work with choirs, small groups and individuals preparing for this live shows performed at the Rose Theatre Kingston.
PRIVATE SINGING LESSONS
I teach private singing lessons at home covering performance and vocal techniques. I also prepare student for exams through Rockschool and ABRSM. See the results sections on NEWS page on my website (www.carriegardner.com). Having sung many styles such as rock, jazz, funk, blues, pop, RnB, folk, musical theatre and classical I have a wide range of experience. If you are interesting in takening lessons pleased see my LESSONS page on my website.
I run workshops of many different events. I do regular workshop at the Richmond Music Trust but can customise to any group of people or event. Please see my WORKSHOP page for more info on my website.
Currently I am the lead singing in covers band Slim Pickings. We perform in London and South England at pub, clubs and private parties. Click on the Slim Pickings link or go to my MUSIC page on my website.
Please feel free to contact me via the contacts page.