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Ursula Holden Gill

July 24th, 2013

a3897777122_2One of the greatest pleasures of the work I do, is being contacted by so many lovely, talented people, who just also happen to be interested in Druidry and are members of OBOD . Tomorrow we’re off to see Dwina Gibb‘s new play in London, The Last Confession, and this morning I’ve been listening to The Handless Maiden’s Daughter, a new album by Ursula Holden Gill. It really is very good – she has a beautiful voice and the songs are evocative. I looked at her website to find out more about her:

Ursula tells stories, sings and dances, facilitates a range of drama and storytelling workshops for children, young people and adults – and tutors in singing, speech and drama as an independent LAMDA practitioner. She also still makes an occasional television appearance.

Ursula is a Master of Arts, holds Qualified Teacher Status, a Licentiate in Speech and Drama Education and an Advanced Certificate in Singing from the Royal School of Music. To date, she has attained three awards for her work. In 2000 she was presented with a Women to Watch Award by Blackburn with Darwen Council for her services to the voluntary sector in the field of Children’s Rights. In 2006 she was presented with the TV Choice Award of Best Actress for her portrayal of Alice Dingle on ITV’s Emmerdale – for which she was further shortlisted for a National Television Award. In 2012 she was voted Best Newcomer at the British Awards for Storytelling Excellence.

Ursula is a member of The Hebden Bridge Hill Millie Morris Side, The LAMDA Teachers Association, The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, Patrick Hambleton Personal Management, Rossendale Clog Heritage and The Shaggy Dog Storytellers. She is currently collaborating with the charity Stepping Stones Nigeria to generate awareness of their cause, support Children’s Rights and promote regional folk heritage through song and story.

LISTEN HERE TO THE ALBUM!

3 Responses to “Ursula Holden Gill”

  1. By coincidence (pah!), ‘Alice from Emmerdale’ (I had no idea what her real name was) came to mind when I was playing some of the darker Unthanks songs a while back. She’d be perfect if they made videos. Will check out what she does for real.

  2. I saw the play last night and met Dwina with my friend David Ball.
    The play is brilliant and hilarious. Its a ‘cultural comedy’ and could only have been written by someone who grew up with those folk.
    Delightful.

  3. All looks great, Philip, so many talented people out there!… & enjoy the play tomorrow, too. Blessings

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