Darla has been singing since she was a child and in recent years and has put a lot of energy into community singing and creating opportunities for others to come together to experience the beauty of group singing. She has been focusing on Georgian singing for the last year and is a member of the Edinburgh-based Georgian singing group Torola. She spent time in Upper Svaneti, Georgia, learning songs from the elders in exchange for running theatre and song workshops for the youngsters of the village. She is infatuated by polyphonic singing and the epic joy of voices coming together in harmony.
She has vast experience of working with people from varying backgrounds through community work with many arts and political organisations.
Darla places a lot of faith in singing as a tool for uniting people, tackling isolation, collective learning, enhancing individual and social wellbeing, connecting people who may not usually be connected, and enabling us to reach a place of ecstatic joy that is not always tangible. She loves working with children and young people because of their ability to find inner joy and she feels it is essential that we nurture young people’s inherent creativity in day and age, where young people are bombarded with products that they are told they need to buy to find joy.
Darla’s other loves include cooking, cycling, foraging and swimming in the sea.