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The Singer

Janet in an opera gala

Janet is a highly experienced professional mezzo soprano with a considerable gift for communication. She has performed for many opera companies and is a prize winning recitalist, however it is as an oratorio singer that her consummate musicianship has been most widely recognised and admired.

On a summer evening in 2019, Janet was privileged to be involved in a recording of the wonderful Durufle Requiem with Guildford Cathedral Choir.

The Celebrant

Janet as a wedding celebrant

As a trained wedding and funeral celebrant, Janet brings warmth and dignity to all occasions, drawing on her experience as a professional performer and presenter.

Talking Voice

Janet in a Talking Voice workshop

Janet founded Talking Voice to bring her expertise and knowledge in voice and amazing facility as a presenter to all professional voice users. She works extensively with teachers, providing continuing professional development, and trainee teachers, as well as working in the business community - working on confidence in public speaking.

The Singing Teacher

Janet Shell teaching

Janet is passionate about promoting her art. She teaches at Eton College and St. Paul's Girls' school, and has an extensive private teaching practice. She works with children and adults, and runs masterclasses and singing workshops.

Brooklands Radio

Janet at the sound desk of Brooklands Radio

Janet is part of the Brooklands Radio Team, where she hosts a Sunday evening Classical music show called The Classical Collection.

Family Ancestry

The Sunlight Girl cover

From a 4 x great grandfather musician in Bath 300 years ago to a recent WW1 story which made headlines, Janet has a fascinating family history. On these pages she reveals some of the family who have particularly interesting stories.

Having realised she is the fourth generation of her family to have lived in the iconic village of Port Sunlight, Janet has written an account of her childhood there and the past generations who worked for the Lever factory.

Community Talks

Janet Shell on zoom

Janet is a captivating speaker. She has a number of talks which she offers to community groups such as history societies and women's institutes. Whilst these are usually presented in person, the recent lockdown has seen her in demand for her online presentations.

Work with choirs

Janet Shell with signature

Janet has close contacts with numerous choirs, giving technical support. She has also extended her musical activities by taking on the musical direction of Mama Vox, a ladies choir, here seen fund-raising at Christmas.


Email: janetshell@talktalk.net

Phone: 07730 409648