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:
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
Suzzie Vango is a professional singer performing regularly as a soloist throughout the UK and with choirs such as Enchanted Voices, National Chamber Choir of Ireland and Tenebrae. Suzzie is the assistant conductor for the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain and Farnham Junior Boys Choir, choral director for Edgbaston High School and has been a guest conductor for the professional choir, Ex Cathedra. Suzzie is in high demand as a voice coach, conductor and workshop leader. Recently through her workshop delivery in the UK she has collaborated with a number of established organisations including: NYCOS, SingUp, The Lichfield Music Festival and Glyndebourne Youth Opera. Her extensive international work has taken her to Estonia, Cyprus, China, The USA and Thailand. Suzzie believes that people of any age can enjoy singing whilst pushing themselves to their full potential.
Imelda Shirley is an experienced teacher, choral conductor, workshop leader and adjudicator. She has been an active and passionate member of Sing for Pleasure for over 30 years where, as a senior conducting tutor, she works on a range of events including the annual summer school and on the recently acclaimed Vocal Leadership Training Programme (VLTP).
A former recipient of the BFYC/BT Award for a choral conductor, Imelda now conducts the 100+ strong Wigan Community Choir and several school choirs. She is Assistant Head of Wigan Music Service, taking a lead for Early Years music education and a number of vocal/curriculum projects in schools.
Imelda holds an MA in Music Education from the Institute of Education (now UCL) and she sings with the Sine Nomine International Touring Choir.
Maggie is Head of the Isle of Man Music Service, supporting music making in schools and community throughout the island. She conducts the Senior Manx Youth Orchestra, the Manx Youth Choir and the Friday Lunchtime Community Choir. She is a member of the advisory panel of the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) at the Royal Northern College of Music. Before moving to the Isle of Man Maggie was Head of Music at a specialist Performing Arts College in Cheshire and she conducted many choirs including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir and the South Cheshire Youth Choir. For six years she led Sing for Pleasure as its national chairman and is still a member of SfP’s team of senior conductor trainers.