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A Peripatetic Music Educator, Accompanist, Dance Pianist, Entertainment, Pianist

Composer and Producer

“I am a Music Educator, Accompanist, Dance Pianist, Entertainment Pianist and Composer. I am dedicated to working in the local community, committed to using any and all of my talents and skills to make a difference with my music and the performance arts.”

Shirley is a classically trained peripatetic musician with over 25 years experience as a piano teacher, accompanist, dance pianist, entertainment pianist, composer and producer

Her love of music began at an early age and she started lessons at the age of 6. At age 8 she gained entrance to the Hillingdon Music school and became a Youth Actor at the Compass Theatre, Royal Court Theatre and Cockpit Theatre, London. She immersed herself in orchestra, choir, violin, recorder quartet, musicianship, and drama. Shirley won   numerous first prize cups and medals at Ruislip Northwood festival of music and drama including piano, orchestra, choir, drama and ballet.

Shirley achieved her Grade 8 Piano and Grade 6 Violin at age 16 from the AB Royal Schools of Music, London and was a junior scholar at the Trinity College of Music. She achieved a Music A-level and 5 O-levels including Music and Drama. She has passed her RAD and RADA Ballet and Drama exams.

Her Music Degree was obtained from Dartington College of Arts and has a Licenciate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, LGSM in Piano Accompaniment. She then went on to obtain her Post Graduate Certificate in Music Education (PGCE) from Middlesex University. She has played on tour as well as locally, including opening the Beck Theatre.

As can be seen by her name, she comes from a well known musical family. Also, her uncle, Friedrich Hollaender, composed the soundtrack for the Blue Angel including “Falling in Love Again”. Shirley owns and composes on his Steinway Grand piano.

As a tribute to the Hollaender side of her family, who were all German Cabaret composers, she artistically and musically conceived, created, directed and accompanied the show Cabaret while she was at Dartington. The show pioneered to involve and link all the Arts Departments at the school and the local community. She designed scenery and costumes, conceiving and creating a Cabaret atmosphere and setting. Audiences sat in a Cabaret period bar setting and partook of period food chosen from menus that would typically have been served at such venues.

Shirley is still very active in the local community and has won numerous awards including a Millennium Award from the Peabody Trust for creating a pilot Performance Arts School at Northolt for disadvantaged children. She regularly organizes, produces and performs musical shows, concerts and numerous fundraising events. The shows she musically produces, directs, designs and accompanies (including Kiss Me Kate, Sweet Charity,all Gilbert and Sullivan, Cabaret)perform to packed audiences.

As an entertainer, she has a broad repertoire of music and instruments (she plays/owns the clavinova (electric keyboard and Korg T-Rack synthesizer), harpsichord, all recorders and two Church organs. 

She is a prolific composer, having 3 CDs to her credit, and her work has been profiled on BBC-4. She owns Sibelius for orchestral composition and can easily and quickly write to request and produce scores and arrangements. She studies under the composer Norman Higgins.

For her full curriculum vitae and music qualifications, please click here

Listen now to some excerpts from her CD Crotchets in Love.