Choirs at Sea

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Angela Bennett
Choirmaster
LTCL, B.Ed (Hons), MA
Coming from: Stokesley,  North Yorkshire  UK
Whilst working in London Comprehensive Schools as Head of Music, Angela encouraged young people to 'find their voices' and to develop their confidence and singing skills. Following her return to North Yorkshire, she started the Stokesley U3A Singers which now has over 70 participants, many of whom had little previous singing experience. Her approach to the joy of singing together is to create a sociable and supportive environment in which vocal technique & music-reading skills can be developed and to choose music in a wide variety of styles that is accessible and attractive to all comers.

John Broadhurst
Choirmaster
B.Ed, M.Ed, ALCM
Coming from: Leicester,  Leicestershire  UK
John trained as a teacher, gaining a B.Ed. in Music Education from London University, and an M.Ed. in Education & Arts from Nottingham University. For 34 years he was Director of Music at Judgemeadow Community College in Leicester. His youth orchestra reached the national finals of Music for Youth, toured France, Germany and Holland and played in the House of Commons. For the last 6 years, since retiring, John has undertaken work as a Passenger Choir Master for Choirs at Sea. John’s approach is welcoming, encouraging and all inclusive for both novice and experienced singers.

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.

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.

Dr. Jonathan Palmer
Choral Conductor & Composer
PhD, BA (Hons), FTCL, FRSA, ARCM, CertEd
Coming from: Wraxall,  North Somerset  UK
Jonathan's musical career has been as a teacher, composer, conductor and performer; he plays both the cello, double bass and piano. He has had a long career in teaching until 2007 when he retired in order to complete his PhD in Composition at the University of Bristol. In September 2013 he was recently appointed as Music Director of Portishead Choral Society. Jonathan is a resourceful and versatile musician, and is in demand as a choral director on cruise ships with carefully chosen repertoire to fit the destinations.

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’.

Tina Reibl
Choir Mistress
Coming from: Maidenhead,  Berkshire  UK
Tina's considerable experience as a singing teacher and choral conductor has led her to working as a voice coach and consultant to many choirs across the UK. She is a member of the Association of British Choral Directors. Tina's repertoire is a toe-tapping selection of songs from Bach to Beatles and Broadway and always adapted to the ship's itinary including music from the respective ports of call. Her travel companion is a competent pianist and can accompany the choir during rehearsals and the final concert.

Colin Rudall
Choirmaster
Coming from: Stonehouse,  Gloucestershire  UK
Colin has recently retired from GP surgery management and now has more time to pursue his love of singing and working with choral groups. Throughout his working life he has directed choirs of all ages. He is currently musical director of The Stanley Singers, a 3-part harmony ladies’ choir in Gloucestershire. He is also a church music leader and occasionally plays guitar and bass in a ceilidh band. Colin is used to working with novices and non-music readers as well as experienced singers and is keen to show that harmony and a beautiful sound can be made by any group of people.

Jeremy Huw Williams
Opera & Classical Music
Opera Singer, PhD, DMus
Coming from: Radyr,  Caerdydd  UK
The Welsh baritone Jeremy Huw Williams studied at St John's College, Cambridge, at the National Opera Studio, and with April Cantelo. He made his debut with Welsh National Opera as Guglielmo and has since appeared in sixty operatic roles. He has given performances at major venues in North and South America, Australia, Hong Kong, and most European countries. He is also an experienced choir trainer and vocal tutor at several universities and conservatoires worldwide.