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Jenny has been a member of Bedworth Singers / Bedworth Choral Society for nearly 20 years and in this time has been directed by a variety of Musical Directors bringing to the choir a wealth of expertise and favourite styles of music ranging from full oratorio works, classical favourites, through light operatic and show music to very light-
She describes herself as an enthusiastic amateur, a dedicated alto with no aspiration to be a soprano and loves to sing just about anything.
Jenny supports the commitment of Bedworth Singers to encouraging individuals to improve their performance skills and to reach their full potential and enjoyment of music.
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Hilary was born and brought up on the Isle of Man and developed a love of music from an early age. She learned to play the Flute and whilst still at school played in her school orchestra, was principal flautist in the Manx Youth Orchestra and Wind Band and was also a member of the Swarthmore Players -
Hilary studied at St Martin’s College, Lancaster, a teacher training college, and gained a degree in education. Whilst at college she sang in the college choir, college chapel choir and played in the college orchestra and the Haffner Orchestra -
Her first teaching job brought her to North Warwickshire. During the 1980s Hilary played in the pit orchestra for several productions of the Nuneaton Gilbert and Sullivan Society and the Nuneaton Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society. She also sang with the City of Birmingham Choir for four years until her children came along.
From 1992 – 2005 Hilary worked for Warwickshire County Music Service as a peripatetic Class Music teacher. In 2005 she had a career change and worked as an Accounts Manager for a local Nuneaton business. Since April 2016 she has been working as a Bookkeeper for a firm of accountants in Shenstone.
Hilary was a member of Atherstone Choral Society before she joined Bedworth Singers, as a second Soprano, in 2004. There arose the opportunity to take split rehearsals and stand in for the MD when he couldn’t make it to rehearsal. That was when she was bitten by the conducting bug, since she missed the creative challenge of teaching, and she began to look for some training. The desire to conduct became stronger after attending two choral conducting courses at Reading University. The tutor on the course recommended that she attend the Sing for Pleasure Summer School at Keele University – a week long, intensive programme of training for choral conductors. Hilary has attended six Summer Schools and numerous weekend courses which has led to her achieving Sing for Pleasure’s advanced level of choral conducting. She continues to attend Sing for Pleasure courses. www.singforpleasure.org.uk
Hilary was appointed Musical Director of Bedworth Singers in 2010 and they have supported and encouraged her throughout her training. She also conducts The Sheepy Melody Makers www.sheepymelodymakers.co.uk, Beacon Park Village Choir and in June 2017 was appointed MD of Tamworth Ladies Choir.
Hilary has a tremendous passion for music which she hopes rubs off on the choir.
Born in Wolverhampton, I learned to play the piano and cello at school. In 1976, I studied music for three years at the Royal College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, where I also developed a passion for composing, before attending Bretton Hall College in 1979 for my teacher training year.
I came to Coventry in 1980 and have worked since for the Coventry Performing Arts as a peripatetic teacher in a number of Primary and Secondary schools within the city. Initially as a cellist, in recent years I have increased my piano and keyboard teaching, in schools and on a private basis, where children and adults are able to receive tuition.
I have written a number of compositions, mostly for junior music ensembles. The children are able to perform at larger venues such as Warwick University Arts Centre and the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry.
I have enjoyed singing from an early age and have been a member of a number of choirs singing bass, most notably and recently, the Tapestry Singers based in Coventry.
In recent years I have sought to enhance my role as an accompanist and am looking forward to my new venture with the Bedworth Singers.