As a public relations consultant, Shirley worked with the CTSO and CTPO and CPO and many large clients, managing choir festivals and other events as well as media relations and corporate strategies, She is now strategic marketing consultant to the CPO.. She was an assistant editor with Reader’s Digest, has written on travel and classical music for many years, worked for the US Information Service and has her own communications consultancy. She holds a BA Hons degree In English. She is co-compiler, writer and editor of A Century of Symphony (Jonathan Ball) and is on the board of the Cape Town Concert Series and Richard Wagner Society of South Africa, for whom she produced the opera, Viva la Mamma by Donizetti, as well as on the board of the Scotia Festival of Music in Halifax, Canada.

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