Choirs at Sea

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Simon Dunbavand
Classical Music Historian, Composer & Choirmaster
MA (Cantab), MMus, ARCO, ARCM
Coming from: Torquay,  Devon  UK
Simon Dunbavand held scholarships at the universities of Cambridge and Sheffield, and is active as a musician in fields as diverse as performance, composition, ethnomusicology, and research. He is a keen traveller and explorer, having visited 96 countries already, and has travelled extensively across Latin America, Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Simon lectures on music, as well as rehearsing and conducting passenger choirs at sea. Now he brings his experience and expertise to destination presentations in the hope that some of this wanderlust may rub off.

Jane Greenhill
Choirmaster
Coming from: Mantlesham, Woodbridge,  Suffolk  UK
Jane's early experience in music starts in Sheffield, as the daughter of a church organist and operatic musical director. She trained in singing and piano and performed widely including as a member of Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus. She worked in BBC Radio and Television for ten years, before a career in education. Now semi-retired Jane continues her singing sessions in school and rehearsing with Watford's Soul Singers. She uses a range of techniques to teach songs, both accompanying on piano and modelling a capella, to raise confidence and develop skills.

Peter and Pam Larkin
Choirmaster & Accompanist
Coming from: Bury,  Lancashire  UK
Peter has a wide experience of all kinds of music. Having trained as a woodwind player and singer at the Royal Manchester College of Music from 1961-1964 he qualified as a teacher and taught in all types of secondary schools. Pam is an integral part of the team, being the regular accompanist. Having trained as a pianist and singer at the Royal Manchester College of Music Pam also spent several years teaching. For the past 20 years Peter and Pam have led their choir, "The Square Street Singers" from simple programmes through to a very high standard of performance of all kinds of music.

Nick Montague
Musician, Choir Master & Conductor
Lecturer on Stage and Film Musicals
Coming from: Knutsford,  Cheshire  UK
Nick Montague has spent over 30 years in music, conducting, teaching and playing piano and arranging music for different types of choirs. He is passionate about the power of music and specialises in teaching groups to sing and work together and enjoy fantastic music and sense of achievement which this brings. His choirs have appeared on both television and radio and raised thousands of pounds for charitable causes.

Mary O'Driscoll
Choirmaster
Choral Director
Coming from: Ballycastle,  County Antrim  Ireland
Mary O'Driscoll started her career as a teacher, and music has always been a part of her life. Whilst teaching in Kinsale, County Cork, she became Choral Director of the Kinsale Choir. Four years ago Mary formed a local Choral Group. Mary herself sings and plays the guitar, as well as directing the group. She is a qualified Bord Failte Tour Guide, and is well used to dealing with people.

Stephen Perrins
Choirmaster
Coming from: Solihull,  West Midlands  UK
Stephen’s interest in choral singing began as a chorister at Coventry Cathedral. He subsequently studied music at Cambridge University as an organ scholar where he also directed his chapel choir, his first real experience of choirmastering. Stephen is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, also holding a Diploma in Choir Training. He has a particular passion for musical theatre and has been Musical Director for many shows in his career, most recently including ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, ‘Spamalot’, ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘Crazy For You’.