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Our Core Values

  1. Everyone can sing, we're all at a different point in our learning.

  2. When it comes to accessibility: everybody can or nobody can.

  3. Everyone has a valuable contribution to make.

  4. We keep it local for services we use.

  5. We consider environmental consequences before taking action.

  6. All Simply Singing spaces are judgement free.

  7. Absolutely everyone is included.

  8. Affordability doesn't affect who can access our services.

What Is A CIC

A community interest company (CIC) is a social enterprise. We are a limited company, but we are limited by guarantee not by shares. This means we are not beholden to profit, we are driven by our core values.

Any profit made by Simply Singing CIC goes back into projects in the community, bringing singing for health, wellbeing and connection to as many people as we can.


Louise Johnston
Alice Shearn

Co-founders and directors of Simply Singing. Alice and Louise are skilled musicians and workshop facilitators. Their approach to teaching involves breaking down barriers and creating positive and fun community experiences focusing on health and well being. Alice and Louise are professional musicians who both studied at The University of Salford. They both have extensive experience working with a wide variety of groups including vulnerable adults and children and individuals living with mental and physical health issues. They also have a history of both orchestral and ensemble experience in popular, jazz and classical music.

Emma Wheeler

Emma is a Simply Singing choir leader who has worked with all of the choirs, though it is the Salford City Singers rehearsals she takes on a weekly basis. Spreading the joy of music and singing has always been at the centre of Emma’s life and she was delighted to join the Simply Singing team whilst doing her undergraduate degree in Vocal Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music. Four years later, on the other side of her masters and now a full-time singing teacher who performs opera in summer festivals, Emma cherishes being part of the Simply Singing community. Her sessions are vibrant, and welcome to all!


Cheryl Patricia Walker

Cheryl Patricia Walker has been performing from a young age. After leaving University with a Diploma in Media and Performance in 2008, by 2010 she underwent a career change and started her journey in becoming a sign language interpreter. Combining her two loves, she now interprets for Simply Singing on many occasions and currently works with theatres in both the North West and Central Wales. Interpreting song, drama, musicals and pantomime she also runs her own YouTube and Facebook groups offering support to anyone interested in giving sign-song a go!

Áine Mallon

Áine Mallon is an award winning, Irish born composer. Her music engages with the fundamental human experience of storytelling and has been described as “Traditional yet fresh and new” (- John Rutter CBE). Áine has been the recipient of many prestigious awards and prizes from distinguished organisations across Ireland and the UK. She was selected as an ‘Emerging Composer’ 2020/2021 with the Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland; of which she now retains status as an Associate Composer. Áine is gratefully supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Arts Council England.


Lucy Holmes

Lucy is a classically trained singer with a BA Hons Music Degree from The University of Leeds and an MA Distinction in Acting Musical Theatre from The Central School of Speech and Drama.  Lucy has performed professionally in Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet, Hollywood Hits (UK Tour), Vocal Captain and Lead Singer on Cunard’s Queen Mary II Cruise Ship, Apassionata, Hooked The Musical, Rock At The Opera, Rock Around The Clock, Main stage performer on Disney Cruise Line (Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream). Most recently Lucy has performed as a member of The Poppies, a vintage swing vocal harmony trio. Lucy has been a singing teacher at Stagecoach, Cherry Pie Music School in London, The Peninsula Academy for Film and Theatre Arts (PAFTA), The Wirral Music Factory, Calday Grammar School, The Wirral Academy of Performing Arts (WAPA) and The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA). 

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