Choirs at Sea

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Susan Alderson
Coming from: Stafford,  Staffordshire  UK
Sue is a member of the Association of British Choral Conductors. She has an Hons. Degree in music, LRAM for the piano and teaching qualifications. As Head of Music and Advanced Skills teacher in a large comprehensive school Sue's youth choirs have performed to a high standard in many prestigious venues in Europe and America. Sue has also produced and directed many musicals for both Youth Groups and adults. During the whole of her career she has been passionate about singing, seeing the sheer joy it brings to both performers and their audiences.

Angela Bennett
LTCL, B.Ed (Hons), MA
Coming from: Stokesley,  North Yorkshire  UK
Whilst working in London Comprehensive Schools as Head of Music, Angela encouraged young people to 'find their voices' and to develop their confidence and singing skills. Following her return to North Yorkshire, she started the Stokesley U3A Singers which now has over 70 participants, many of whom had little previous singing experience. Her approach to the joy of singing together is to create a sociable and supportive environment in which vocal technique & music-reading skills can be developed and to choose music in a wide variety of styles that is accessible and attractive to all comers.

Carol Bowns
Choirs at Sea
Coming from: Buxton,  Derbyshire  UK
Carol has long-term experience as musical director of an established mixed voice adult choir, delivering singing sessions in adult education and running ice-breaker singing sessions in the corporate sector. As a singing teacher she is committed to helping people find their singing voice and encouraging everyone to sing to the best of their ability. Carol ensures the choir sessions are welcoming and inclusive for both novice and experienced singers, and her repertoire is always chosen to be relevant to the cruise.

John Broadhurst
B.Ed, M.Ed, ALCM
Coming from: Leicester,  Leicestershire  UK
John trained as a teacher, gaining a B.Ed. in Music Education from London University, and an M.Ed. in Education & Arts from Nottingham University. For 34 years he was Director of Music at Judgemeadow Community College in Leicester. His youth orchestra reached the national finals of Music for Youth, toured France, Germany and Holland and played in the House of Commons. For the last 6 years, since retiring, John has undertaken work as a Passenger Choir Master for Choirs at Sea. John’s approach is welcoming, encouraging and all inclusive for both novice and experienced singers.

Simon Dunbavand
Classical Music Historian, Composer & Choirmaster
MA (Cantab), MMus, ARCO, ARCM
Coming from: Torquay,  Devon  UK
Simon Dunbavand held scholarships at the universities of Cambridge and Sheffield, and is active as a musician in fields as diverse as performance, composition, ethnomusicology, and research. He is a keen traveller and explorer, having visited 96 countries already, and has travelled extensively across Latin America, Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Simon lectures on music, as well as rehearsing and conducting passenger choirs at sea. Now he brings his experience and expertise to destination presentations in the hope that some of this wanderlust may rub off.

Jane Greenhill
Coming from: Mantlesham, Woodbridge,  Suffolk  UK
Jane's early experience in music starts in Sheffield, as the daughter of a church organist and operatic musical director. She trained in singing and piano and performed widely including as a member of Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus. She worked in BBC Radio and Television for ten years, before a career in education. Now semi-retired Jane continues her singing sessions in school and rehearsing with Watford's Soul Singers. She uses a range of techniques to teach songs, both accompanying on piano and modelling a capella, to raise confidence and develop skills.

Peter and Pam Larkin
Choirmaster & Accompanist
Coming from: Bury,  Lancashire  UK
Peter has a wide experience of all kinds of music. Having trained as a woodwind player and singer at the Royal Manchester College of Music from 1961-1964 he qualified as a teacher and taught in all types of secondary schools. Pam is an integral part of the team, being the regular accompanist. Having trained as a pianist and singer at the Royal Manchester College of Music Pam also spent several years teaching. For the past 20 years Peter and Pam have led their choir, "The Square Street Singers" from simple programmes through to a very high standard of performance of all kinds of music.

Jennie Macfadyen
B.Ed (Hons), CertEd, ACP
Coming from: Eastbourne,  East Sussex  UK
Jennie has a passion for vocal music. She has been Musical Director of The Downland Singers since 1995 and has considerable experience of developing music programmes and working with choirs in schools. Using a varied repertoire for both enjoyment and occasion, Jennie aims to promote a love of singing. She is keen to help every singer develop his or her voice, follow a score and deliver quality entertainment for an audience. Jennie is a member of the Association of British Choral Directors and currently Chairman of the Eastbourne and District Choirs Association.

Nick Montague
Musician, Choir Master & Conductor
Lecturer on Stage and Film Musicals
Coming from: Knutsford,  Cheshire  UK
Nick Montague has spent over 30 years in music, conducting, teaching and playing piano and arranging music for different types of choirs. He is passionate about the power of music and specialises in teaching groups to sing and work together and enjoy fantastic music and sense of achievement which this brings. His choirs have appeared on both television and radio and raised thousands of pounds for charitable causes.

Mary O'Driscoll
Choral Director
Coming from: Ballycastle,  County Antrim  Ireland
Mary O'Driscoll started her career as a teacher, and music has always been a part of her life. Whilst teaching in Kinsale, County Cork, she became Choral Director of the Kinsale Choir. Four years ago Mary formed a local Choral Group. Mary herself sings and plays the guitar, as well as directing the group. She is a qualified Bord Failte Tour Guide, and is well used to dealing with people.

Dr. Jonathan Palmer
Choral Conductor & Composer
PhD, BA (Hons), FTCL, FRSA, ARCM, CertEd
Coming from: Wraxall,  North Somerset  UK
Jonathan's musical career has been as a teacher, composer, conductor and performer; he plays both the cello, double bass and piano. He has had a long career in teaching until 2007 when he retired in order to complete his PhD in Composition at the University of Bristol. In September 2013 he was recently appointed as Music Director of Portishead Choral Society. Jonathan is a resourceful and versatile musician, and is in demand as a choral director on cruise ships with carefully chosen repertoire to fit the destinations.

Stephen Perrins
Coming from: Solihull,  West Midlands  UK
Stephen’s interest in choral singing began as a chorister at Coventry Cathedral. He subsequently studied music at Cambridge University as an organ scholar where he also directed his chapel choir, his first real experience of choirmastering. Stephen is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, also holding a Diploma in Choir Training. He has a particular passion for musical theatre and has been Musical Director for many shows in his career, most recently including ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, ‘Spamalot’, ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘Crazy For You’.

Margaret Rae
Coming from: Edinburgh,  Scotland  UK
Margaret studied music at Edinburgh University, the Open University and at the Kodaly Institute in Hungary. Margaret has many decades experience of conducting choirs of all types, and worked for many years for the National Youth Choir of Scotland. She believes that everyone has the potential to sing well, and loves to encourage people to enjoy the many health benefits which singing can offer. She is equally happy to welcome novices as well as experienced singers to join her choirs on board, and she aims to provide a good mixture of fun and challenge to her singers.

Tina Reibl
Choir Mistress
Coming from: Maidenhead,  Berkshire  UK
Tina's considerable experience as a singing teacher and choral conductor has led her to working as a voice coach and consultant to many choirs across the UK. She is a member of the Association of British Choral Directors. Tina's repertoire is a toe-tapping selection of songs from Bach to Beatles and Broadway and always adapted to the ship's itinary including music from the respective ports of call. Her travel companion is a competent pianist and can accompany the choir during rehearsals and the final concert.

Colin Rudall
Coming from: Stonehouse,  Gloucestershire  UK
Colin has recently retired from GP surgery management and now has more time to pursue his love of singing and working with choral groups. Throughout his working life he has directed choirs of all ages. He is currently musical director of The Stanley Singers, a 3-part harmony ladies’ choir in Gloucestershire. He is also a church music leader and occasionally plays guitar and bass in a ceilidh band. Colin is used to working with novices and non-music readers as well as experienced singers and is keen to show that harmony and a beautiful sound can be made by any group of people.

Daphne Sumbler
Coming from: Sharston,  Manchester  UK
Daphne was formerly the Director of Music at Sale Grammar School. She is the founder and musical director of ‘Cantus’, an award winning youth choir. Believing that if you can speak you can sing, and drawing on many years of vocal teaching experience, her rehearsals are fun filled and accessible to all, from the complete novice to the highly experienced. Daphne directs the choir from the piano/keyboard but all programmes also include a capella singing.

Jeremy Huw Williams
Opera & Classical Music
Opera Singer, PhD, DMus
Coming from: Radyr,  Caerdydd  UK
The Welsh baritone Jeremy Huw Williams studied at St John's College, Cambridge, at the National Opera Studio, and with April Cantelo. He made his debut with Welsh National Opera as Guglielmo and has since appeared in sixty operatic roles. He has given performances at major venues in North and South America, Australia, Hong Kong, and most European countries. He is also an experienced choir trainer and vocal tutor at several universities and conservatoires worldwide.