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:
Christine is a freelance vocal specialist and a popular Sing for Pleasure tutor. She has trained with the Naked Voice Foundation and is now a facilitator, working with both adults and children. She works part time for Stockport Music Service and also runs a local community choir. Christine is a former recipient of the John Coates Baton, awarded to the conducting student who has shown the most progress during an SfP Summer School.
Carolyn has been working as a freelance music teacher in Leicestershire since 1996. She conducts a primary school choir and 5 adult choirs, including 2 ladies choirs, a male voice choir, a mixed voice choir and the newly formed JLP Leciester Choir. Many of these singers are non-music readers. Carolyn has tutored on many children’s singing days and weekends for Sing for Pleasure as well as being an advisory teacher with The Voices Foundation.
Originally from Oldham, Jill studied the ‘cello with Joan Dickson, a professor at the Royal College of Music, before becoming a Choral Scholar at Girton College, Cambridge, where she read music. After graduating, she studies choral and orchestral conducting at the Conservatoire of Geneva and was awarded ‘Le Prix du Conseil de l’Etat’ with her diploma. Following this, Jill went to Lisbon as Chorus Master to the Gulbenkian Foundation and then worked as Development Officer, and subsequently Music Director for Sing for Pleasure for several years. She continued as SfP’s Head of Conductor Training for some time after this, and she currently works as the Vocal Animateur for Stockport, supporting and promoting singing within all the borough’s schools, as well as delivering INSET training for teachers. She was Chorus Master to the Leeds Philharmonic Society for ten years before joining the Manchester Chorale in 1996.
Christine is a trained singer and conductor who has been working in the community education sector for over 17 years and, in particular, specialises in working with community choirs and beginner singers. She founded Ripon’s Community Choir the “Skelldale Singers” and conducted Boroughbridge Community Choir in North Yorkshire until 2009, and is now based in North Staffordshire where she has successfully set up two more community choirs, a ladies close harmony group, and two children’s choirs in the last two years. She runs regular workshops to help choir members develop their choral skills and for non-singers to find their voices, and is committed to unlocking the potential of all her students. She is a long standing member of Sing for Pleasure and was awarded the John Coates baton for the most improved conducting student in 2003.