Denise is a versatile singer whose first professional singing engagements were in Australia, where she performed and played leading roles in national touring productions of musical theatre shows, including: ‘Barnum’, ‘The Pirates of Penzance’, and ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’. As soubrette in the cast of ‘Side by Side by Sondheim’ for the Royal Queensland Theatre Company, Denise participated in a Royal Command performance before the Duke and Duchess of Kent, to open the Queensland Cultural Centre. She also music directed professional productions of children’s musicals including: ‘Noddy comes to Town’, ‘Mr Men’, and ‘Puff the Magic Dragon’ for Rainbow Management and was principal pianist on ‘They’re Playing our Song’.
She was ‘discovered’ singing opera at a Sydney barbeque by a visiting trio from the UK, ‘Fascinating Aida’, renowned for their original satire, who were at the time performing at the Sydney Festival. She soon moved on to continue her career in England, as soprano in the group, beginning with a sold out engagement at the Edinburgh Festival, then fulfilled almost 3 years of non-stop touring commitments in hundreds of theatres all over the UK and internationally, including the Sydney Opera House and The Ballroom in New York. She was with the group when it successfully debuted its show in London’s West End.
Other highlights include being selected as one of 12 writer/composers to study musical theatre writing with Stephen Sondheim at Oxford University in a course sponsored by Sir Cameron Mackintosh. She later contributed to 2 joint collaborative musicals for the ‘Mercury Workshop’, including ‘The Challenge’ written with 26 writers contributing, which was performed on stage in London, then recorded at Abbey Road Studios. She contributed to BBC’s ‘Music Makers’ – a music in schools television series, as writer and performer.
Denise is also a vocal trainer and has conducted workshops and masterclasses in England, the United States, Australia, France, Austria and in Japan, for the SKD Theatre Company. She music directed and played piano for several of London’s Central School of Speech and Drama cabaret & theatre performances, maintains teaching in private studio and corporate settings and she has produced and performed in several specialized cabaret shows at the Savoy and Claridge’s Hotels in London. She toured to Hong Kong with the UK cast of ‘Barnum’and music directed 3 British pantomimes, before moving to California, where she now resides and continues music performance, writing, teaching and directing. She most recently completed a concert tour to Mexico with Acoustic Voice.