A Sheffield architect who lost his job at a big city firm has learned how to put the disappointment behind him - by hitting the road as a folk singer.
Dwight Pereira, aged 35, from Crookes, was made redundant two years ago, but now plays regular solo gigs at music venues and festivals.
And he’s planning to take his new career a step further by recording an album of his songs.
Born in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Dwight read architecture at Singapore University, later beginning work in Sheffield as a chartered architect.
“Being unemployed was disorientating as for the first time I did not have work,” said Dwight.
“I’m aware that my experience was not unique, as millions across the globe were going through a rough patch with the economic meltdown.”
After being made redundant, he started volunteering at the St Wilfrid’s homeless centre in Sheffield, as well as picking up his guitar more often.
Dwight often now performs at venues such as The Red House, The Green Room and The Royal Standard in the city centre.
This summer he journeyed to the Lymefolk festival at Lyme Regis, Dorset, even teaming up with a local Morris dancing troupe in a spontaneous performance.
“My experiences over the past summer and encounters with the wonderful people I met over my travels have convinced me to get into the studio and record an album which I hope to be able to sell next year when I hope to play a lot more on the road,” he said.
Dwight also said he has not given up on architecture entirely, and wants to develop his own practice.
Visit Dwight Pereira to hear his music.