Florence hopes for big things
Saltash musician Florence Hope is ready to take on the world with her R&B and electric sounds after releasing her first song – a number that she penned and mixed in her own bedroom. She studied music and musical theatre BA (Hons) as her undergraduate degree and from that she realised so many genres took her interest – from Vera Lynn to Alicia Keys
14th April 2021
By Suzanne Cleave
Saltash musician Florence Hope is ready to take on the world with her R&B and electric sounds after releasing her first song – one that she wrote and mixed in her bedroom!
Florence Bonner, who goes by her artist name Florence Hope, has been an established artist for over a decade, primarily using her voice to raise funds and awareness for national and international charities.
Now, it seems the hard work has paid off with her single streaming on major platforms.
Florence said: “I’ve been singing since I was three – I know that sounds funny but even at a young age, all I would do is sing.
“I always had a great love of music. I am lucky enough to have a very supportive family who always encourage me to pursue my dreams.”
She added: “When I was nine, my family took me to singing lessons and I was classically trained for a few years, going through exams and taking part in local music festivals.
“I had the most amazing singing teacher, Bronwen Speare. She really taught me the foundations of performing. I’m so grateful to her.”
Despite her young age, for many years Florence has used her voice and platform to help fundraise for local, national and international charities, including Cancer Research UK and Help for Heroes.
She said: “I was always singing for the community and taking part in local events. When I was about 15 I released an album with April Media to raise money for the Sue Hooper Charitable Foundation that provides young people with opportunities to pursue their interests in music where they may not have been able to fund auditions or equipment otherwise.
“The process of recording the album gave me a huge insight into what goes into music production and it was so exciting.”
Florence explained: “Over the years I’ve helped to raise thousands of pounds for many causes and the impact and process of utilising music to make that impact is just so fulfilling for me.”
She studied music and musical theatre BA (Hons) as her undergraduate degree and from that she realised so many genres took her interest – from Vera Lynn to Alicia Keys!
But now, she’s not just singing cover versions. Florence’s first ever single, called i Like U, is streaming on all major streaming platforms – with a music video that is currently in progress!
Florence said: “I composed, recorded, mixed and mastered this song in my bedroom and it was all under a limited budget.
“I had never touched any software like this before but I love teaching myself how to put music together to make it sound smooth and catchy.
“I’m very thankful to the Sue Hooper Charitable Foundation for their very kind donation to fund a portion of my equipment”