Maggie was a shy child who had a passion for singing which served as escapism from the stressful situations at home. Her mother nurtured her talent and encouraged her to join Amateur Dramatics groups where she was spotted as a talent by the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company.
The opera company took Maggie on tour around UK and Ireland for many years showcasing her talent.
Decca recordings used her voice on Operatic Performances for which she still receives royalty cheques annually. Maggie describes public performance as being something she loved very much and which enabled her to develop confidence in herself.
She recalls the period as a tough time due to cramped living conditions and it being costly but one that she remembers fondly, particularly the emotion filled songs of Madame Butterfly.
Music is still an important part of Maggie’s daily life and she can often be heard serenading her fellow residents of Red Hill, followed by them shouting requests.
Her most recent gig was a Christmas day performance at the local hospital, performing for patients and staff who would be missing their special day at home with loved ones.
Maggie is humble of her talent and attributes her success to looking after her body; practicing her breathing and scales, and her sheer love of singing.
Pictured below is Maggie with her Son at Shaw Red Hill.