Abigail Baker: The Worfield Charity Concert Prize for Best Solo Pop Performance

We’ve caught up with BMus (Hons) Popular Music graduate Abigail Baker who has been awarded The Worfield Charity Concert Prize for Best Solo Pop performance!Abigail Baker

1.   What degree did you study with us and when did you graduate?

I studied the BMus (Hons) Popular Music degree and I graduated September 2016.

2.   What did you do after graduation?

I sing professionally with a 1940s and vintage harmony trio, The Bluebird Belles. Studying the course has made my current job role possible as I met my singing colleagues through other musicians at the University of Wolverhampton. Very recently I have embarked upon a teaching role at a secondary school where I'll be offering vocal tuition to students.

3. What is your current job?

I would define my current job role as ‘professional working musician’. Due to the nature of this type of performance work, my clientele and places of work differ from week to week (which keeps things interesting!). The main elements of the job include: performing (singing, dancing), learning and rehearsing new material, recording and liaising with clients.

4.   What’s the best part of your job?

I love the creativity and flexibility of performing. It goes without saying that the part I enjoy the most is having the opportunity to do what I love most – singing! 

5.   How did studying at the University of Wolverhampton either help you to gain this job – or how have your studies benefitted you in your day-to-day role?

The course I studied at the University of Wolverhampton has definitely given me more confidence in my performances. As well as having a firm understanding of pop music theory, it has helped me understand the construction of vocal harmony – which is such a predominant element of my vocal work. 

6.  What, for you, was the best part of studying at the University of Wolverhampton?

The best part of studying at the University of Wolverhampton, aside from meeting lots of wonderful people, was winning the University of Wolverhampton’s song writing competition during my second year. The competition required me to write a song that would potentially be used as the graduation track for the 2015 ceremony. The process proved difficult at times, however, I have gained so much practical knowledge of music theory and heaps of confidence that has been useful in my current song writing endeavours.

7.  What’s next for you? Any goals or aspirations still to achieve?

As I mentioned previously, I have very recently embarked upon a teaching post where I deliver vocal lessons to secondary school students. I’m very excited about my new venture, as teaching has always been a big ambition of mine and I'm really enjoying it! Ultimately, I wish to continue building on the success of The Bluebird Belles. I love performing and feel so lucky that I’ve been able to study what I enjoy and use it to enhance my career.

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