Madeline Castrey is an English jazz singer/songwriter whose chilled modern pop beats echo with the sound of the legends. With her warm and velvety voice, Madeline brings an exciting new groove to modern jazz and soft pop.
Madeline was born in a quiet village in Surrey and has been a lover of music from a very young age. Originally from a West End Theatre and television background, Madeline fell in love with classical music and began to train as an opera singer. After overcoming serious illness as a teenager, she became the first ever 16-year-old admitted onto an undergraduate degree course at The London College of Music, and went on to gain a distinction in her masters degree specialising in opera. Madeline is also a published author, lecturer and a PhD music student.
Inspired by her vocal idol Karen Carpenter, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone, who also started out as a classical musician, Madeline’s brand of soulful and sincere smooth jazz is at ease alongside artists such as Rumer, Norah Jones, Tom Misch, Corrine Bailey Rae.
Madeline fundraises for the charities that helped her as a teenager. She composes music for various ensembles and choirs connected to the various charities. She has received the Princess Diana Award for her fundraising efforts.
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Madeline has performed as an singer and actress in some of the greatest musicals on London's West End, and on television networks including CBBC/BBC1 and Nickelodeon. She has also formed many successful vocal groups and choirs and performed at many wonderful venues including London stages and Twickenham Stadium.
She is also a sought after arranger and composer who has arranged music for several highly successful charity campaigns, which has seen her appear on several radio stations including BBC Radio and on television features. For her fundraising work (which has seen her raise huge sums of money for national and international charities), Madeline was awarded a Princess Diana Award. Her latest mission is to make music accessible for all, and as such, Madeline has been starting choir/ensembles and other groups across the UK to improve access to music. She has founded The Parkinson's Choir within Parkinson's UK who released a Christmas single in 2019 with the twofold benefit of raising funds for the charity and improving motor function in Parkinson's sufferers through singing. In 2020, Madeline also created an original single for her new ensemble, 'The United Youth Choir' which took the form of a new National Youth Anthem sung by children and young people up and down the UK to promote togetherness through music.
After becoming the first 16-year-old admitted onto a degree course at The London College of Music, Madeline went on to graduate with a master's degree with distinction and was subsequently offered a lecturing position - making her one of the youngest lecturers in the country (at just 22 years of age!) Within her position, she has revamped teaching modules to greater meet the needs of the modern student, and prides herself on her accessible and honest approach to lecturing and learning.
Madeline's debut book 'Fresher Pressure - A Guide To University' was released in August 2020. The book draws on her experience as one of the UK's youngest lecturers and a current PhD student to support and empower the modern student for many years to come.
Watch Madeline on London Live discussing her original new National Youth Anthem
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