Rona Topaz is a mobility, hearing and vascular challenged singer, songwriter, actress, vocal coach and choir leader. She holds a City and Guilds 7407 in Workshop Leading Skills and Acting Skills from City of London University, and an Associate in Applied Sciences degree in Jazz Vocals /Music Theory Five Towns College, a jazz specialist music college in New York, USA.
In addition, she has a certificate in Essential Arts And Health, a specialised qualification to enable her to run singing workshops in healthcare settings from Sound it Out Community Music (West Midlands)
Currently, Rona is a supply assistant facilitator for London Youth Choirs. She is also teaching singing one to one both on line and face to face, as well as working as a freelance vocalist, most recently at the Joy Festival in Hammersmith and Fulham. She has previously worked as a singing tutor for young people ages 10-15 for programmes in Reading and Edinburgh. During the lockdowns she was live-streaming, performing solo shows live out of doors, and submitting performance videos for The Blair Academy and IMM.
In 2014, she completed a music project at Wallace High School in Stirling for young people with additional learning needs, for Artlink Central. In London, she has also worked as a guest facilitator for the Healthy Living Club. In addition, she worked as an assistant facilitator for an intergenerational choir for Age UK. She has also worked with mental health charities including Sound Minds, Upbeat and ENABLE Scotland. In 2015 she completed running a workplace choir project for Rennie Hospice Care, and from 2015-2017 she ran a choir for people with dementia and carers, for Manor Farm Day Centre, and as well as a short term choir project at Farnham Common Care Home on behalf of NAPA and Comic Relief. She has also led a dementia choir for Farnham Maltings as a cover tutor for their regular tutor on sick leave. She has also completed a singing project at Greenhills Day Centre for people with CP and learning difficulties. The workshop focused on singing and had participants of varying ages and skill levels.
From 2016-2019, Rona was running 2 singing groups for young people with learning difficulties at Dramatise in Ashford. She has also previously run a community choir for Kennett Island Housing Association. She has also led a singing project for people with severe dementia at Rodwell House Care Home. She also ran a singing project for the WRVS in Bermondsey. She also led a community choir for Elephant And Castle Community Hub, leading to a performance at the Globe Theatre. She has also previously led a choir for people with dementia at Norden Farm Arts Centre. She has also led an online choir for Elthorne Pride in North London. When her caring responsibilities permitted, from 2011-2015, she was a singing facilitator at Answer House, West Lothian, Bealach House in Ballieston, and as well as working as freelance vocal entertainer at a variety of venues in Scotland. Previously she has worked as an MD for amateur theatre companies in England and Scotland, as well as running singing classes for adults with mental ill health for Key Changes, Sound Minds and Upbeat in London, a choir for people ages 60 and over, along with many other projects. The choir in question, Blackfriars Nightingales, did a short tour of venues in the South East, and headlined at the 2006 Capital Age Festival.
For a closer look at Rona’s performance credits including film and theatre, please visit the following link: