South East Area Representative

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Nick Duncombe

Nick qualified as a teacher with a four-year BEd, specialising in music, from Kingston University in 1998. From there she did five years as a primary class teacher before moving full-time to Hampshire Music Service. She started by teaching class music, vocal ensembles and some woodwind teaching. They gradually realised she was more of a singer than woodwind teacher, so as the years progressed she taught less woodwind and and more and more singing.

In September 2018 a new post was created as part of the leadership team and she was promoted to the role of Lead Professional (vocal), in charge of the vocal strategy for all Hampshire Schools. She leads a team of vocal teachers, organises training and yearly performance reviews for the team; plans and leads large scale vocal events and vocal festivals, and works with other agencies including the BBC Singers and children’s 10 pieces proms, Music Mark etc.

As well as this, she teaches small group and individual singing lessons for around 120 students a week, runs the Hampshire County Junior Choir, The Hampshire Teachers Choir and another workplace choir for colleagues at the County Council.

In terms of her own singing, she is cross genre and loves it! She trained classically and had a local teacher who used the Estil Methodology. She has mostly performed locally for charity concerts and loves singing Mozart as much as Cole Porter and adores anything musical theatre. She is currently part of a jazz duo doing small scale gigs, and regularly leads and takes part in a modern worship band at her church and previously at national Christian gatherings.

In more recent years she has trained with Gillyanne Kayes, Jenevora Williams, Ron Morris, Dane Chalfin and Mark De Lissa. She is currently doing Anne Leatherland's Appy Days course to upskill in all things tech-related to stay at the forefront for her students.

In addition to singing, she loves rugby – watching and playing for a mature women’s touch rugby team; she has given up contact rugby –  too much risk of a black eye when teaching! She has a level 6 qualification in British Sign Language but doesn't get to use it as much as she would like. She has signed and sung the National Anthem on the pitch for an international rugby match between England Deaf Rugby and Wales Deaf Rugby.

She is partial to a glass or two of Pinot Grigio or a good G&T. She is married with a son who is nearly 18, and has a rescue cat called Milo. When not singing, watching or playing rugby, she can be found pottering in her garden.