Sara-Lois Cunningham was a student of singing at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and at the London College of Music. Her first singing teachers were the inspiring Opera North wife-and-husband team Hilary Jackson and Paul Wade. Her singing teachers since then have included Eileen Price, Hazel Wood and William Hancox: latterly, she has taken lessons from David Harper, Ian Kennedy and Ron Morris in order to inform her teaching skills. Professional performing engagements have ranged from singing with the BBC Singers through to solo work at the Royal Opera House for the Royal Ballet. A passionate and dedicated singing teacher, she is former head of vocal studies at the London College of Music’s Junior College, and has taught singing in several state and independent schools. She currently runs a private teaching practice in Tunbridge Wells, though with an imminent move to Salisbury, a new private practice is already in development.
Her professional career has also embraced publishing, from the production of exhibition catalogues and educational resources for the National Gallery London, through music publishing and product development for Boosey & Hawkes and Schott Music, to magazine publishing for Classical Music, Music Teacher and Early Music Today magazines. She was managing editor for International Arts Manager, Sheet Music Review and Trinity College London’s in-house magazine Flourish.
She is married to Andrew Hanley, who works as head of editorial services at Edition Peters and as director of music/organist at All Saints Church, Langton Green. They have two extremely lively young children, who keep them breathtakingly busy!