Esther Frake is a lecturer in popular music performance and has been teaching at Solent University since 2009. Teaching specialisms include keyboards/piano, music theory, composition/arranging, music technology (sibelius), music in practice and music strategies/career building.
Esther trained as a classical pianist before studying music at The Brighton Institute of Modern Music (2007) and has recently received a Masters with Distinction in songwriting at Bath Spa University (2014).
She has worked as a solo artist and session musician with artists including Rumer, Sara Coleman, Bianca Obino, Danni Nicholls, John James Newman (The Voice), Chris Manning (Fame Academy) and Stevie Rae Stephens (American Idol) and supported artists including Neneh Cherry, Nerina Pallot and Ezio, playing venues throughout the UK including the Royal Albert Hall, London’s Festival Hall, The BIC, O2 Academy and Poole Lighthouse.
Esther co-wrote the album ‘The Knitting Circle’ (2011) with rock singer/songwriter Julie Staines, which led to collaborations with David Lowe (BBC) and Simon Darlow (Slave to the Rhythm).
In 2012, Esther was commissioned to write ‘All In The Same Boat’ as part of the Weymouth Olympic Sailing event, and continues to write for film/TV, with her most recent composition for the documentary ‘Where Inspiration Lives’ premiering at The Southbank Centre in March 2014 (C&C Arts & Education Department).
Esther is the co-founder and musical director of the 80-strong ‘Chicken Soup Choir’ and ‘Feel Good Singers’ and works extensively delivering vocal and instrumental workshops throughout Dorset and Hampshire.