My name is Carol Canning and I studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Whilst a student there I was asked to join the Swingle Singers.
Whilst singing with the group I started vocal arranging and found I really enjoyed it. The job took me all over the world singing a huge variety of music including contemporary opera at La Scala Milan, jazz at Ronnie Scott's club in London, orchestral concerts at the Sidney Opera House and The Lincoln Centre in New York, plus our regular a cappella concerts, sometimes in collaboration with other artists such as Bobby McFerrin and George Martin.
I now work as a freelance singer, writer and arranger and have worked on various projects including writing music for BBC television and the National Gallery, arranging for the King's Singers and working as a session singer in London.
Singing jobs can be very diverse and have included touring with Ensemble Modern and Steve Reich, trying to sight read in Danish for an advert for Garmin!, singing on a Kylie Minogue album, film backing tracks to Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and projects for Paul McCartney, Robin Gibb and Bjork.
In 2009 I started up my own local choir. It is a mixture of people who don't read music and a few that do. We put on several concerts each year to raise money for local charities. Having worked at all levels in a cappella singing, my arranging philosophy is to create as good as an effect as possible, whilst keeping it as simple as possible - my choir make sure I stick to that! I have had some arrangements published by Boosey & Hawkes and Hal Leonard in the past, but these last few years I have happily been working for the Chorus Online team.