Cindy Stratton A varied and joyful musical life
“Moments of sparkling melody” Time Out
“A voice that can both cut and melt..” Detour magazine
“(An album of) immense achievement…” Evening Post
Expertly crafted songs – haunting, sparkling melodies – gorgeous harmony: Cindy Stratton has achieved a level of mastery in the field of contemporary song-writing in the folk and Americana genres, tinged with a little bit of soul.
Her voice is a beautiful instrument capable of many hues, from passionate to ethereal, delivered with exquisite control and airiness that compliments her writing.
Cindy has many credits to her name including performances at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane alongside Phil Collins, supporting Jools Holland, John Martyn, Labi Siffre and Richard Thompson among others, as well as starring as an original cast member in the legendary late Viv Stanshalls’ comic opera “Stinkfoot”.
In the early 90’s Cindy was a finalist in the National songwriting competition “ Hit the Right Note” held by Radio One and Our Price Records beating well over four thousand hopefuls, which led to BBC Radio 1 sessions and breakout national recognition and performances at major festivals including Glastonbury, Cambridge and Trowbridge . Her compositional and performance skills continue to be recognised; in 2019 she was a finalist in the Gibraltar International Song Festival.
Her natural empathy and immense sensitivity along with all of her performance and recording experience make her a wonderful singing teacher and voice coach. With over twenty years of teaching practice behind her, alongside hard won qualifications achieved as a mature student (a Music Hons degree and a PGCE) Cindy offers her expertise to beginners and more advanced singers alike.
Cindy’s love of harmony was evident from the start of her professional career, performing with the a capella consort “Mr Spratts 21st Century Popular Motets” in the Jerusalem Song and Arts festival. She was also instrumental in creating the original line up of the hugely popular Bristol-based a capella group “Sweet Soul Sisters”.
Together with her long-term collaborator and partner, multi-instrumentalist Marius Frank, she is currently a member of Bath-based a capella group Z’Bella. For the past ten years they have been joint musical directors of the fabulous all female choir “Sassparella” who are based in Bath.
Singing workshops run by Cindy and Marius (including Motown, Paul Simon and the Beatles) have been extremely popular and always well-attended, Cindy also runs workshops tailor made for smaller groups, designed to explore range, increase confidence and enjoy harmony.
Cindy continues to perform and write as well as ever, with a depth of feeling that is pure joy to listen to.
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