began her musical studies at the Royal Manchester College of Music after previously studying medical science at University. She studied singing with Lesley Langford and Ena Mitchell, graduating with both teaching and performing diplomas, and a silver medal.
Vivien was one of the first peripatetic teachers of singing appointed in
the UK, and many of her former pupils can be found singing throughout the world. She is now a free-lance musician, and teaches singing, conducts two choirs, adjudicates for festivals, and is a regular workshop and
masterclass tutor for both solo and choral singing in the UK and overseas. She also has wide experience as a soprano soloist.
Vivien is in great demand for her expertise on voices, and she regularly
tutors for the ABCD (Association of British Choral Directors), the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, Making Music (NFMS), and at the Summer School at Charterhouse. In 1996 she was awarded an Honorary degree of
Master of Music by Sheffield University in recognition of her continued contribution to the development of solo and choral singing in Sheffield.
She conducts two choirs, the very successful City of Sheffield Girls'
Choir, and the internationally acclaimed Cantores Novae. Her choirs have won many prizes in international festivals in Vienna, Llangollen, Riva del Garda, Gorizia, and Sligo, and also the first Sainsbury's Youth
Choir of the Year award. Cantores Novae represented the UK in the International Choral Festival in Melbourne, Australia, in 1996 and toured the USA and Canada in 1999. The choir was invited to perform in the
prestigious 2000 Sainsbury's Choir of the Year Showcase in the Royal Albert Hall, London in December 2000.
Vivien is a sought-after adjudicator for music festivals nationally and
She was invited onto the panel of experts discussing Youth Choirs at the European Symposium on Choral Music in Llubljana in 1995, and was one of only three British jury members at the Choir Olympics in 2000 in Linz where there were 350 choirs from all parts of the world. She is a regular adjudicator for the UK's most popular choral competition, BBC Radio 3 (formerly Sainsbury's) Choir of the Year, and for the British Federation of Music Festivals. Other recent adjudication work includes the international choral festivals of Cork, Coleraine, Sligo, and Jersey.
Vivien has wide experience as a soprano soloist with many choral societies and
music clubs throughout the country. Choral singing has been a lifelong passion, and she is a former member of the BBC Northern Singers, and choir soloist for many years with the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus. She is
on the Advisory Council of the Association of British Choral Directors and a Council member for the British Federation of Young Choirs and the Association of Teachers of Singing..