Anna Kissell - Montpelier, Bristol

Music is a passion for me that began in childhood. I was 6 when I first picked up a violin and I didn’t look back. I grew up singing in choirs and playing in orchestras that took me to play at the Barbican, Royal Albert Hall and other exciting places, all of which left me inspired to see children engaged in music at a young age.

Over the last 15 years, I have performed professionally with various artists, live and on studio recordings at the same time as working in mental health services and psychological research. Having my own children inspired me to write my own songs and to begin performing as a singer-songwriter. I have since re-oriented my work and now lead music classes with babies through to school-age children. I am constantly delighted by the way that children respond to music and am grateful for how this keeps my own childlike creativity alive.

I am a violinist, and also play the piano. I have recently taken up folk-fingerstyle guitar, as well as completing a foundation training course in Singing technique and vocal freedom with Tonalis.