Sally Davies has been leading the Wing-It Singers since 2001 during which time they have gone from strength to strength in membership numbers, in the quality of the singing and in the diversity of places in which they perform. She is a choir leader with a dynamic and infectious style, who delights in passing on the repertoire she loves both to the singers and the audience.
Sally believes passionately that it is everyone’s birthright to sing and that it is never too late to join a choir and to find or develop your voice. She worked for 8 years as an Advisory Teacher for the Voices Foundation which works with primary school class-teachers to encourage them to sing with their children on a daily basis.
With a professional background in theatre both as a versatile performer, instrumentalist and composer, Sally has undertaken numerous music projects for dance and theatre companies and her compositions have been performed in a wide variety of venues including Sadlers Wells, the Purcell Rooms, the New British Library and festivals in Edinburgh, Chard, Berlin and Tbilisi. Recently she has concentrated on vocal composition and the Wing-It Singers have given two performances of her piece ‘Anis edzaxian’ which incorporates three saxophones and a Turkish drum.
Bow and Bellows, the duo she set up with Martina Schwarz (accordion) in 2000, represents a large part of her regular performing work playing mainly Balkan, Klezmer and gypsy music. She plays fiddle, baritone horn and sopranino as well as singing. The Wing-It Singers have a number of songs (Serbian, Georgian, Bosnian) which are accompanied by Bow and Bellows.
Her interest in the music of other cultures led her in the mid-1990s to study for an MA at Kingston University in ethnomusicology and composition, specialising in the music of the former Yugoslavia, which she gained with a distinction.
Her original training was in dance and drama at Dartington College from where she went on to tour Britain and Europe with a succession of theatre companies, including Edinburgh Theatre Workshop, Sheer Madness and Cunning Stunts women’s theatre company. For 10 years she was the Musical Director for Green Candle Dance Company.