Ever since commencing on her music studies at the relatively late age of 15, Soul has been dedicated to her dream of becoming a composer. She graduated from Cardiff University, studying with Arlene Sierra and Robert Fokkens and for a brief time studying with Alison Kay, before commencing on a Masters and later a PhD in composition at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire under the tuition of Joe Cutler and Howard Skempton.

 
Her music, which has been described as "curiously original" (Wales Online) and having "real character and sensitivity" (Wales Arts Review), has been performed by the likes of BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Orchestra of the Swan, Xenia Pestova and the Fidelio Trio across the UK, Europe and Canada in a wide range of venues including Wells Cathedral, Hoddinott Hall and Stratford Town Hall, and festivals such as the Cheltenham Music Festival, Occupy the Pianos and Frontiers new music festival.
 

Her interests range from the use of different microtonal soundworlds and textures to children’s books and the exploration of various extended techniques. She is also interested in writing for dance and has composed music for Rambert Dance's Vintage Rambert project.

In addition to composing, Soul is also a singer, specialising in performing contemporary repertoire, including Berio's Sequenza III for female voice. She is a member of Via Nova chamber choir, has performed as both soloist and choral singer across the UK (including at the Wigmore Hall and at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival) and abroad and is committed to promoting new music, which includes premiering many new pieces, particularly ones for solo unaccompanied voice.

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In addition to composing, Soul is also a soprano,  specialising in the performance of  contemporarty repertoire as both soloist and choral singer. She studies with Wendy Nieper.

As a soloist, Soul has commissioned and premiered many pieces for solo unaccompanied voice - her passion and speciality, and has performed in the UK and abroad, including the Wigmore Hall, LSO St Luke's, and several concerts as part of the Frontiers new music festival. She studies with contemporary specialist Wendy Nieper.

As a choral singer she was a member of BBC National Chorus of Wales for 3 years, performing countless concerts around the UK including at the BBC Proms. She is currently a member of Birmingham-based Via Nova chamber choir, dedicated to workshopping and performing new music, and has performed with them at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Frontiers festival, CoMA festival and alongside BCMG at the City of Sound festival .

As a composer-performer, Soul often writes for herself and performs her own music. As part of her PhD, She is researching composing quarter-tonally for voices.

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Photo by Anthony Leung

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Octopus drawing by Erica Sinclair

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