Eliza is a professional singer, vocal & piano teacher, music arranger & performer based in Bristol. She also runs a community choir, Bristol Choir Brigade, an a cappella group, Chicapella, a soul band, Beauty and the Beats as well as performing locally in jazz bands. She also runs regular singing workshops at the BBC, as well as other workplaces.
Choirantine: A New Virtual Venture
Eliza now teaches all her 1-2-1 lessons online and has also embarked upon a new virtual choir venture: Choirantine!
This project brings together any singer, whatever their experience, by getting them to film themselves on a smartphone/tablet/computer and sending their recording in for a huge compilation video. Below are the seven videos we have produced so far, starting with "Bohemian Rhapsody", featuring Gareth Malone, which featured on BBC Points West in week 2 of lockdown.
Our next song starts on 7th September: California Dreamin' by The Mamas & The Papas. Get in touch by filling out the contact box if you want to get involved - open to all!
Explore below or simply click here for Eliza's lockdown videos.
Sign up for just £20 per song which includes:
- 3 x Zoom tutorials
- Learning resources
- A feature in collaboration video of song edited by professional video & sound producers
All you need in order to take part is 2 devices and a pair of headphones!
Check out further smaller group videos from the harmony groups she teaches: Power Arrangers singing Natural Woman and Rolling Stones Medley as well as Octaves Apart singing their Beatles Medley. The boys of Octaves Apart then went on to sing a beautiful duet of You'll Never Walk Alone.
Her a cappella group, Chicapella, present their debut release, Make A Smile For Me - a tribute to Bill Withers. Their latest release is Somebody To Love by Queen.
She teamed up with jazz pianist Tom Berge to create this version of What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong.
She has also featured as lead singer in "The Isoulation Band"'s cover of Kiss From A Rose and backing singer for Got To Get You Into My Life
Her Soul Tones duo partner, Martin Sean McConnell, produced a minor version of them both singing Let It Be by the Beatles.
And finally, 3 old school friends and Eliza decided to do an isolation video and sing a song "together" - they have known each other for 20 odd years but haven't been all together the 4 of them for 13 years... so this is something of a school reunion! Enjoy - Dreams by The Cranberries.
Check out the outtakes here!
Originally from Buckinghamshire, Eliza showed a natural flair and passion for music at an early age. She started playing piano at 7 then started singing and songwriting into her teens. She plays and teaches by ear and holds a BA Hons Commercial Music Degree from Bath Spa University as well as Grade 8 Distinction in Rock School Vocals. With a soulful voice, her musical style has a jazz edge, focusing heavily on intricate harmonies.
Eliza's mission is to get everyone singing! After being inspired by choirmaster Gareth Malone's BBC programmes working in communities, she began by getting students together to form a choir at uni, then cut it down to an a cappella group, Chicapella, which is still going strong nearly a decade on. She also runs singing workshops at workplaces such as the BBC & Silverback in Bristol.
What better way to showcase Eliza's students' hard work over the months than to bring them together for a recording and music video. Students each sang a line of their choice from "Perfect Day" by Lou Reed, picking a Bristol location that meant something to them. Eliza then brought all the students together to feature as a choir at the end of the song. The track was produced and mixed by Alf Cole and the video produced by Daniel Edney.
Watch it here:
Accompanying blog to tell the story: Eliza's Perfect Day