The Board of Trustees has overall responsiblity for the operation and governance of the Charity.
Catherine Beddison was appointed to the Board of Trustees in August 2019. She is also a senior conducting tutor within the organisation.
An expert in music education, Catherine has an impressive proven track record of setting high standards, enthusing children and encouraging them to fully develop their musical skills. She is Head of Prep School Music at Cranleigh School within the outstanding ‘Cranleigh Music 7-18’ programme, which links the musical education for children throughout the junior and senior schools. She is involved in strategic work at Cranleigh and is involved in establishing musical links with Cranleigh’s sister school in Abu Dhabi.
Catherine also works as a freelance conductor, adjudicator, consultant, lecturer and singer; and has presented at the MMA Conference, the Leith Hill Music Festival and the Music Education Expo. She conducts Harlequin Chamber Choir, Cranleigh Prep School Chamber Choir, Farnham Youth Training Choir and Cranleigh Choral Society.
A versatile conductor, Sarah has directed an impressive array of professional and amateur ensembles including the Hilliard Ensemble, National Chamber Choir of Ireland, Cape Town Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, the Kantorei der Friedenskirche of Düsseldorf, English Baroque Choir, Reading Bach Choir, Granada International Festival Choir, Harlow Chorus and, as General Manager, The Sixteen. She is currently artistic director of Singscape, Encoro and NC3, guest chorusmaster for the BBC Symphony Chorus, guest conductor of the Cheltenham Bach Choir and Associate Music Director of the Brandenburg Sinfonia. In huge demand as a teacher, Sarah is a lecturer in choral conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and for the Association of British Choral Directors and Sing for Pleasure, and she mentored comedian Bradley Walsh on BBC2’s popular TV series ‘Maestro’. Together with Suzzie Vango, Sarah directs and sings in professional vocal ensemble Papagena. www.tenantflowers.co.uk
Jane has enjoyed a long, varied and interesting career in education and continues to work as a freelance Education Consultant having recently retired from Bolton Council.
She was the Head of Inclusion Services in Bolton Children’s Services, having previously been the Head of Bolton Music Service (1999-2008). Jane has been involved in music education throughout her career and is committed to creating opportunities for all to make and enjoy music.
Having been a long standing board member of the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester, Jane is now taking up a new commission as Strategic Consultant for The Choral Centre, a new initiative that is being developed from Hallé St. Peters.
In addition to her role as Trustee for Sing for Pleasure, Jane is a conductor training tutor for the charity; she is also a Trustee for Trust Music, the charitable arm of Bolton Music Service.