We use a number of excellent tutors to assist us in our course production. Our highly skilled team are all members of Sing for Pleasure and bring a range of experiences as professional conductors, musicians, teachers, trainers, adjudicators and workshop leaders. In addition to our Management Team and Trustees, who are regular course tutors, we have recently engaged the following professionals:
Stephen studied piano, percussion and composition at Trinity College, London, and conducting with Dr. Jack Stamp at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA, where he was awarded a Master of Arts degree. He has enjoyed a substantial career in music education, and has also worked as a freelance conductor, pianist and percussionist. Stephen is an examiner for the Royal Schools of Music and a published arranger (OUP). He has worked as guest conductor for Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (USA) and for South Wessex Opera Company, in addition to directing Milton Abbey Festival and working with the Bournemouth Symphony Youth Chorus. He has directed several choral societies including Broadstone Community Choir, The Lease Singers and Lytchett Choir.
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.
Mark is a freelance musician who works in all aspects of choral music: as conductor, accompanist and singer. He is the Musical Director of Oxford Pro Musica Singers, Milton Keynes Chorale and a member of the choral conducting team at the Chester (formerly Cranleigh) Choral Week. He is also a regular deputy for the Cathedral Singers of Christ Church, Oxford.
He works closely with Sing for Pleasure’s CEO and Head of Conductor Training, Manvinder Rattan, in his work with the John Lewis Partnership Music Society both as a conductor and accompanist. Mark is also a highly experienced choral singer having sung with several award-winning amateur choirs including Canzonetta, Choros Amici, Encoro, Chantage, Ensemble 45 and others.
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