Barbara Fleet grew up in Ampthill and from a very young age,
enjoyed singing wherever and whenever it was allowed. Her mother would often
knock on the door of her bedroom late at night, because Barbara would be
singing instead of sleeping, consequently keeping the whole household awake.
Music was definitely in the family, as her older relatives had been singers and
church organists. She bothered her Grandmother, herself an accomplished singer,
with repeated pleas to 'play' her piano and eventually after much badgering,
Barbara was allowed to keep the piano and have lessons with a local teacher.
Whilst at school she
learned to play the flute and classical guitar and she also took singing
lessons. After A levels, Barbara attended Colchester Institute School of Music,
where she studied for an honours degree in composing and arranging. After
completing a PGCE, Barbara taught classroom Music for 26 years in mainstream
education. She regularly composed and arranged music for the students to
perform, as well as rehearsing and directing performances by young singers,
choirs and instrumental groups.
Bedfordshire - Ampthill
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