Phoene is an HCPC registered music therapist, a CNHC registered shiatsu practitioner, singer and vocal coach. Initially she had a career in the record and television industries, as well as working as a professional singer.
Phoene then went on to spend two decades working with a range of diverse communities including nurseries, schools, further and higher education, concert halls, social housing, care homes, hospitals, a detention centre and a prison.
She has worked as a practitioner, performer, manager, consultant, lecturer and trainer and is passionate about the creative connections between music and wellbeing.
Phoene was head of the vocal team at Richmond Music Trust managing a team of peripatetic singing teachers, head of music services for Nordoff Robbins Music therapy charity in London managing a team of music therapists, and also spent two years working with the prison’s most challenged and challenging women at HMP & YOI Bronzefield as well as running a music therapy group in the mother and baby unit.
Phoene delivered the first Singing for Breathing programme at the Royal Brompton hospital in London in 2008 (originally working with inpatients). Outpatients and two RCT’s followed. In 2014 the British Lung Foundation invited Phoene to write and deliver training and resources for a Singing for Lung Health programme. She helped set up groups in other hospitals and Singing for Lung Health available now in 8 London hospitals with two more starting in 2019. She has trained hundreds of singing leaders across the UK and Europe since.
Impressed and humbled by how many lives have been transformed by the work she plans to apply for a doctoral programme to research what is valued by participants and how this is achieved.
Her priority, and passion, is to inform others of how singing can support breath management for those with COPD, pursue robust and appropriate evaluations, encourage safe and informed practice for singing leaders as well as enabling them to deliver sessions that are informative, challenging and fun for participants.