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:
Ruth works for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain in the role of Head of Artistic Planning & Participation and is a senior member of the artistic and management teams at NYCGB. Previous roles include Senior Education Projects Manager at Glyndebourne and Producer (Youth & Community) at Welsh National Opera. Originally from North Wales, she studied at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University (with a choral scholarship) then gained a Masters in Music from Bangor University.
In addition to arts management, Ruth is a choral conductor and part of the tutor team not only at Sing for Pleasure, but also at CȃnSing and Morland Choristers’ Camp.
Rebecca Berkley, who is lead for our Musicianship for Singers training programme, is a conductor, vocal animateur and teacher. She is a lecturer in Music Education at the University of Reading, teaching music education on the BA in Primary Education and MA in Education degree courses, and is a doctoral supervisor.
Rebecca is the director of Universal Voices, a free community children’s choir at the University of Reading which provides an excellent choral education to all children in the Reading area, and also conducting training for students at the University. She has also written extensively on music education and published percussion music and choral arrangements.
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 recently took up a new commission as Strategic Consultant for The Choral Centre, a new initiative which involved redevelopment of the space at Hallé St. Peters and which opened in November 2019.
In addition to her role as a conductor training tutor for Sing for Pleasure, Jane is also a Trustee for Trust Music, the charitable arm of Bolton Music Service.