The People of Kidderminster Choral Society
Geoff was appointed in 1987, and is also the Musical Director of our Youth Choir, the Wyre Forest Young Voices.
He also conducts the St. Michael’s Chamber Choir, based in Wolverhampton.
Geoff was the Director of Outreach for the Royal School of Church Music until 2002, and he continues to work for them and for many other organisations on a freelance basis.
He presently undertakes numerous teaching and conducting engagements at home and abroad including Nigeria, the USA, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, Kenya, Poland, Cyprus, the Philippines and Estonia.
Mike, a native of Yorkshire, was a Junior Exhibitioner at the Royal Northern College of Music, going on to study at the Royal College of Music in London and then, after graduating, to teacher training at Bretton Hall.
Having taught for many years, he is now a freelance accompanist for choirs, instrumentalists, singers, theatre and dance, as well as organist for church services in Worcester and the West Midlands. In 2015 Mike retired from the post of the rehearsal pianist and accompanist for the Wyre Forest Young Voices, his place being taken by Charlotte Jones (see below).
Vocal Coach, Wyre Forest Young Voices
“Having Suzzie Vango in front of a hall full of kids is like watching poetry in motion. She has them eating out of her hand a having such a fantastic time singing they don’t want to stop.” – Manvinder Rattan, CEO and head of conductor training at Sing for Pleasure
Suzzie is an established soprano, performing as a soloist and conductor with some of the UK’s finest ensembles, on BBC Radio 3 & 4 and Classic FM and on recordings and live performances.
Suzzie is in demand as a voice coach, conductor and adjudicator. Passionate about the arts and education, her high-energy vocal workshops have gained her international reputation, leading big sings, whole school singing days and teacher-training for national organisations including: Teach First, Sing Up, Ex Cathedra, the BBC and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Suzzie’s work has taken her all over Europe, Asia, and the USA. Recent international highlights include Uganda in 2016 and an invitation to Dubai for their Choir of the Year Competition in 2015. She will be returning to Shrewsbury International, Bangkok in 2017.
Suzzie is Head of Vocal Studies at Bromsgrove School and works extensively with groups of singers and individuals of all ages. She has developed vocal strategies for music services and schools and has a number of her own compositions published and commissioned. As a conductor of the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain she is currently creating and delivering their nationwide workshop programme in primary schools and is the Schools Programme Leader for Music of Life Foundation. As a vocal tutor for Ex Cathedra Education, Suzzie has worked on their award winning education projects Singing Medicine and Singing Playgrounds.
Based near Rugby, Suzzie, conducts Ex Cathedra’s Girls Academy and directs The Orchestra of the Swan Chamber Choir in Stratford-Upon-Avon. She also co-directs her own acclaimed professional female a cappella ensemble Papagena.
Charlotte primarily teaches piano, organ and keyboard in Birmingham. Her achievements include winning Bromsgrove Music School Festival as the youngest in her category, placing third in the National Electronic Organ Championships and performing at the ICC, Birmingham and recently Orléans Cathedral. Her current roles include choral accompaniment and piano teacher at Local schools.
Archdeacon Rob Jones
Archdeacon of Worcester: Chairman Kidderminster Choral Society
Our Chairman, Canon Rob Jones, has been a member of the Society since 1980, when he came to work in Kidderminster as curate at St. John’s and Holy Innocents. He says that the late, redoubtable Peg Jordan was one of the people instrumental in getting him to join – in fact the way she put it he doesn’t think he had much choice, and he’s always been grateful to her for that.
Moves for work have kept Rob within reach of KCS; he moved firstly to Dudley and then to Worcester, where he has very recently been installed as Archdeacon of Worcester. He started off in the back row of the basses, and has stayed there, where there is a good tradition of chairmen skulking!
Musical Director of Primary Chords
Carol, who comes from Lincolnshire, took her degree in Modern Language Studies at Leicester University and a PGCEC in Primary and Middle School Music at Bulmershe College, Reading.
Since then she has taught at Windmill Middle School, Stourport, The Knoll School, Kidderminster, and now teaches Primary Music and French at Heathfield Knoll School, Wolverley. She also conducts the local ecumenical choir ‘New Life Together’ and sings with Kidderminster Choral Society.
Accompanist to Primary Chords
After studying Music and Mathematics at Keele University, Nicci spent two years with an itinerant Christian music group, working in secondary schools across the UK and parts of Europe.
Settling back in the Wyre Forest, she worked in a local church as a worship leader and youth pastor before becoming a full-time mum.
She now teaches piano at the Holy Trinity School as well as co-running ‘Tots Rock’ a music group for toddlers.
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