My name is Kayla, and I am a classical singer, writer/creator, and educator.
Currently based: Paris, France.
From: Aotearoa/New Zealand.
I am on a mission to share the incredible history, works, and people of classical music with new (and existing!) audiences. I believe that classical music should be both accessible and approachable to anyone who wants to engage!
F E A T U R E D R E V I E W S
"...Collingwood comes closest to nailing the Broadway pizzazz in her big aria, cataloguing the horrors of Z-grade movies with flurries of coloratura and spurts of rumba frenzy."
- William Dart, NZ Herald
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Beginnings: I completed my training (MMus, Grad. Cert. Theatre Studies) in New Zealand in 2016, where I had been establishing a busy performing and teaching life. The next step was to explore the possibilities overseas and to take charge of developing a fulfilling and rewarding career.
Taking flight: In 2017, I moved to Paris on the au pair programme - studying French and working in childcare. I continued to study singing privately, began networking and performing in France, and became fluent in French. I spent time fostering my dreams and making plans to realise them.
Building: At the end of 2018, I moved to London as a professional nanny. During this time, I really began to build. I knew for sure that singing was to be my primary focus, but I also knew that I had a passion and talent for educating and promoting classical music. I completed a business qualification, developed my first recital in line with my vision, and prepared to re-start my career.
Now: I am a singer, with renewed vision, passion, and projects! I am a writer (see WRITING page), with more experience, skill, and depth. I am a business owner (see SOUND GARDEN page), finally bringing my plans to fruition.
I hope you will join me on this journey!