Hi, I'm Diana and I provide fun music sessions and storytelling to groups, events and individuals throughout Aberdeen city and Aberdeenshire in the North East of Scotland.

Once upon a tune is wonderful fun for children of all ages and is also very successful for children and adults with additional support needs and the elderly.

Through its unique blend of stimulation and freedom of expression Once upon a tune encourages participation and creates a vibrant, diverse and highly imaginative environment.

When I established Once upon a tune in 2001 I started initially as a Children's Entertainer with fun music sessions for young children. I had been doing sessions with my own children and groups of their friends and their parents and when my youngest headed off to school I decided to offer sessions to local groups and individuals. Before long this expanded to include providing entertainment at children's parties and other special events.

I soon found that my approach also worked very well with the elderly and I now regularly visit many care homes. Likewise, I have built up a lot of very rewarding experience with children and adults with additional support needs, having delivered sessions to many groups and continuing to provide regular one to one sessions for a number of individuals.

Alongside my fun music sessions I have developed my skills as a Storyteller and am a registered Storyteller with the Scottish Storytelling Centre and with the Grampian Association of Storyteller. My approach here depends upon my audience, for younger ones it is highly interactive to engage and stimulate and for more mature audiences it can be more traditional.



I am a Performance and Health Nutritionist (SENr register) running my own business ‘Nurture’, providing nutritional programmes in primary and secondary schools. At present, operating in the North West of England. This entails practical cooking sessions, one-to-one support, supermarket visits, recipes and workshops with pupils, parents and teachers educating them on the benefits of good nutrition by providing them the knowledge to make informed choices. Being ‘Healthy’ is seen to be a middle class preserve, meaning you need money to eat and lead a healthy lifestyle. The goal of ‘Nurture’ is to dispel this by educating children and parents that your financial standing does not matter, that you can still lead a healthy lifestyle by following the mantra “Education from the roots up”.

I am, also, a sessional worker at ‘The Joshua Tree foundation’ providing nutritional support and cooking to children and families affected by cancer. This work directly links in with my research with researchers from Liverpool John Moore’s and Edge Hill university’s and future research in applying nutrition and exercise strategies to positively alter body compositional changes during aftercare treatment of children with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL).