Caro works primarily as an Edinburgh based choir leader. She trained in conducting for voice with Sing for Pleasure and with the Natural Voice Network in workshop facilitation and leadership.
Caro is founding Musical Director of Castle Chorus, Edinburgh’s Folk and Roots Community Choir. Since 2015, the choir has grown to a regular 30 members who sing songs from around the world, collaborate with songwriters, and create their own material. Castle Chorus doesn’t audition and songs are taught by ear.
Castle Chorus have performed at their own concerts, by invitation at community events in Edinburgh and on the Isle of Arran, and were featured as part of Edinburgh International Book Festival production ‘View From Castle Rock’ in 2016.
Caro leads the Leith and Stockbridge groups of The Cheyne Gang, a choir for people with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and other respiratory conditions. Through learning how to breathe effectively for singing, participants learn techniques that can help them manage breathlessness they experience as part of their condition the rest of the time. The choir perform at community events and associated fundraising, make a great sound, and have a lot of fun while they’re at it!
Aside from Castle Chorus and The Cheyne Gang, Caro has worked with Gilmerton Singers, Harmonise Choir and Summerhall Singers on an occasional basis to cover for fellow choir leaders. She also has a longstanding relationship with the Pianodrome and has led their Choir Jam bringing together community choirs around Edinburgh.
Sick Kids’ Community Choir
Caro led the Sick Kids’ Community Choir 2017 to 2022, which is supported by Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity to bring together staff from the Royal Hospital for Sick Children to have fun singing together. The choir perform for patients in the hospital and at fundraising and community events. She moved on from this work to focus on other creative projects.
Tartan Ribbon Community Choir
Caro directed Tartan Ribbon Community Choir March 2018-March 2020. The choir brought together staff, volunteers, and people connected with Waverley Care. Waverley Care is a charity that works to make a positive difference in the lives of people living with or affected by HIV, and the choir contributed to the social side of this work. Unfortunately it was not possible to continue this work after the onset of the global Covid-19 pandemic due to safety concerns and urgent care priorities for those involved.