My name is Carol Grimes. I have been singing for my supper since the late 1960s, therefore I have more T Shirts than one woman could possibly need. I began as a Busker and fell in love with singing. Working as a Singer Songwriter, Performance Poet, and in later years as a Workshop facilitator, Voice Movement Therapist and Musical Director. In the late 1990s I founded the Sing for Joy Choirs, for people with Neurological, MS and other conditions working with them for many years. I recorded my own music in the UK, USA, Sweden, The Isle of Jura, Romney Marsh and Poland and collaborated with several other artists over the years. In the 1970s I became an activist. At first, in my local community in North Kensington, at the time area of severe deprivation, being the first Musician to step up for Rock against Racism and Sexism. I sang for Reclaim the night, the striking Miners, Troops out and the Brunswick Women, I was angry, seeing injustice, poverty and cruelty all around me, nicknamed Benefit Bertha by some of my friends.
Performing in the UK and Internationally with my own Music and other Contemporary composers such as the composer Orlando Gough, who directed The Shout, a 16-piece Choir/ Theatre company who specialised in large site-specific events. I toured with that company for 12 years, including performing at the Albert Hall at The Proms as a soloist – Blimey! In 1998 I trained as a Voice Movement Therapist, worked for The Princes Trust and many other projects, mainly with young people. From 1993 I ran Singing workshops at The City Literary institute in London, Lewisham College on the Dance course and travelled around the UK and internationally, South Africa, Canada the USA and beyond! Subsequently, I am now, not too fond of Airports. Writing has been a long-time passion and I have had several articles published around my work with young people and local communities and the Choirs in London, alongside my poetry and songs then in 2017 my life book, The Singers Tale. I love the writing as much as I love the Music. For more information, click on my Blog. Thank you.