Karen first studied privately in Aberdeen for some years with James Reid, then at the Music School in Leiden, Holland, and for a number of years has continued advanced studies with Jeffrey Davies in Norwich, gaining her LLCM diploma in 2004. Karen was approved as a Fellow of the London College of Music in December 2009.
Karen has performed in Britain, France, Holland, Italy, Brazil, New Zealand and the U.S.A. She has sang roles in Carmen, the Magic Flute, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Marcellina in the Marriage of Figaro, in Fritz Kreisler’s Lisa, Showboat, The King and I, South Pacific, Brigadoon, and several Gilbert & Sullivan operettas. Karen has also performed numerous Recitals and Concerts, twice for Tenby Arts Festival, and has performed oratorio and concerts here in East Anglia, more recently a recital of French and English song which included the Chausson song cycle Poémes de l’Amour et de la Mer.
Karen's latest performance was the world premiere of a new work by local composer Ken Hytch, Meditations. Ken had this to say of the performance:
"It was a joy to witness your thorough professionalism throughout the rehearsals and then to enjoy your commitment during the performance. The power of your voice at the end as you ‘soared over’ the thick texture will always live in my memory as one of the great ‘tingle factor’ moments of my musical career. You were so relaxed that everyone enjoyed the work and the fierce difficulties of the work were unnoticed. All testament to the amount of work you put into your preparation."
Karen is currently preparing to perform the role of Orpheus in the opera, Orpheus and Euridice by Gluck.
While still performing Karen is now teaching singing and is a member of the Association of Teachers of Singing, the British Voice Association and the Incorporated Society of Musicians.