Words for Music

Zoë is currently under commission to Carnegie Hall and Glyndebourne and is working on a development commission with The Royal Opera House and Leicester Curve.  Current productions include Hjertelyd, Den Jyske Opera- and Nooma a co-commission from Carnegie Hall, Minnnesota Opera and San Fransisco Opera. 2018 saw the world premier of Keepers of The Corallite – a song cycle for countertenor Iestyn Davies composed by Daniel Saleeb, commissioned by The Veronica Stewart Arts Trust.  From 2011 – 2017 Zoë worked with Spitalfields Music to create Musical Rumpus, an award-winning opera series for children which toured the UK and Europe to venues including Elbphilharmonie, Richmix and The Royal Opera House.

Zoë is a visiting professor of writing at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she was fellow of creative writing (2016-17) and recently graduated with distinction from their MA in Opera-Making, generously supported by a Headley Scholarship. She also holds an PG Cert in Creative Leadership (RCM), MSc in Human Ecology (University of Strathclyde) and BSc in Anthropology (UCL). She has studied privately with ex-National Theatre Dramaturg John Burgess.

As a facilitator Zoë has delivered creative workshops and consultancy for clients including: Creative Futures, The Royal College of Music, Juilliard, ENO, Bath International Festival, The Southbank, Spitalfields Music and Opera North.   Zoë is a founder member of Woven Gold Choir and has an abiding interest and specialism in working with mothers and babies to support bonding through singing and songwriting.

Zoë’s work as a presenter includes: The TransAtlantic Slave Trade (Discovery), Treks in a Wild World – a 6-part series for National Geographic, Planet of the  Apes (Discovery) GlobetrekkerFierce Earth (CBBC).