Iris Horgan

The first indication of my love of singing was from the age of 3 when I would apparently entertain the local community as I swung on my garden swing – singing at the top of my voice!

I was lucky enough to attend Fairfield Grammar School in Bristol which had an excellent music department. I sang in all the choirs and enjoyed this immensely even singing a duet at our annual concert held at the prestigious Colston Hall in Bristol.

I have had vocal training, off and on, from the age of 14. I have joined numerous choirs over the years and am presently in two and have sung solos at various functions.

I absolutely love singing, enjoy all genres of music and learning new works. I am studying with Mike and am attempting to get to grips with some more challenging pieces in preparation for an exam. Not bad for a ‘not so young girl’ – I would have expected a decline in my vocal ability but find my range and tone have been enhanced due to Mike’s tuition. I may not own a garden swing now but I still enjoy entertaining the local community….!

Achievements under the tutelage of Dr Michael Spacie include: 94 marks out of 100 for Grade 7 practical Solo Singing exam and 94 marks out of 100 for a Solo Singing Medal exam, both sat in July 2016. Also, 140 marks out of 150 for Grade 8 practical Solo Singing exam sat in July 2017 of which I achieved full marks for the aural tests.

I’ve had an amazing time learning singing techniques with Mike and achieved what I never thought possible.

Iris H. (Retired Senior Physiotherapist)