With the strong basis of a formal classical training, being a qualified teacher combined with her years of experience, Sharon possesses a sound knowledge of how to develop good vocal technique, how to overcome bad vocal habits and of course how to develop good performance technique as can be seen by her extremely successful and much loved student showcase, “The Big Night Out with Bells On” (the resulting show from her long-running performance course, which she ran for ten years - she gave this up to concentrate on developing her daughter's career as a singer/songwriter).
A fun, welcoming community choir based in Cranleigh, Surrey
led by Sharon Duggan Singer, Singing Teacher, Vocal and Performance Coach,
Choral Director, Artist Manager Tel: 01483 271469; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharon started out as a singer/songwriter writing mostly folk styled music on a semi-professional basis at fifteen and then trained as a teacher. She moved to London in her early twenties where she was lead singer in numerous rock bands, eventually having her own band playing predominantly her own compositions. In the early eighties, she started working as a session singer at the prestigious Abbey Road Studios and was then signed for a record deal.
She took a break from singing whilst she brought up her daughter, during which time she undertook a formal classical training with Findlay Wilson of English National Opera. She returned to professional singing in 1999 and now works full-time as a singer, singing teacher, vocal and performance coach, choral director and artist manager.
Sharon started teaching singing and performance seventeen years ago. Her first assignment was as the Individual Vocals Tutor at the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in Guildford, where she spent a year and a half before going freelance; she has also taught songwriting at Hurtwood House School (6th form public school). She has been the singing and performance tutor at Cranleigh Arts Centre since 2000 and was a singing tutor for the West Sussex Adult & Community Learning Service from 2006 - 2010.
Sharon set up the Cranleigh Contemporary Choir in January 2006. This was the original incarnation of the choir that is now known as the Cranleigh Community Choir. The original choir only worked on, as its name suggested, contemporary music, but Sharon changed the name of the choir in 2009 as she wanted to include some classical music in the repertoire too.
During 2011, she was one of only two music mentors commissioned by the international charity WWF to oversee the music entries of their nationwide competition "My True Nature" and to help a specialist music school in Lancashire with their own composition entry into the competition.
As a professional singer, Sharon currently works with her daughter Eleanore, with whom she sings jazz and swing at vintage themed events. In the past, she has sung just about everything from folk to rock to classical.
Sharon also manages her daughter's band, Eleanore & the Lost, releasing the debut album "Parlour Game" in November 2009. They are now working on Eleanore & the Lost's second album "The Gift" which is being released in three parts: Part I was released in May 2014; Part II was released in July 2015 and Eleanore has composed for independent film in the interim.