Bristol Cabot Choir regards getting to know each other as part of the joy of belonging to a Choral Group. The following provides information about our Musical Director and members of the Choir Committee.
Known to us all as Beccy, our musical director has been involved with music since the age of three when her mother plonked her on her lap in front of a piano as she played Tchaikovsky. Her first piano lessons began at the age of five. Besides being introduced to the piano at such a young age, she also began singing in the church choir when she was seven. This early grounding in music has resulted in her life time interest and appreciation of music. Perhaps understandably, she cannot image her life without music. Beccy loves working with Bristol Cabot Choir and regularly shares her enormous musical understanding with our group. She encourages us to dig deep and find depths in our own musical ability that enable us to collectively deliver on the demanding works she chooses for us. Her great skill is helping us to work together to achieve a quality of sound that transcends our individual voices. Her aim of making people feel good about themselves through music, whether as singers or audience members remains her goal.
Her University musical education began at Kingston University and she then studied at Bristol University. She graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2012 with an MA in Choral Conducting.
Her working life began at University where she taught both piano and voice to fellow students. After graduation, she worked as a classroom music teacher until she was appointed Head of Music at St Bernadette’s Catholic Secondary School. She moved on to become Head of Music and then taught A level Music and Musical Theatre at St Brendan’s Sixth Form College.
During this time Beccy realised that what she most loved about her music was stimulating others to achieve their best musically. Following her MA and inspired by Sir Simon Rattle and Eric Whitaker, she turned her hand to Choral Conducting. Appointed as the Musical Director of Bristol Cabot Choir in 2012, she now takes great pleasure in enabling singers to collectively achieve their potential. In addition to the Bristol Cabot Choir, she continues to conduct the St. Mary Redcliffe occasional choir, and sings with the BBC National Chorus of Wales. She also teaches private vocal students and regularly works as a music therapist with autistic adults.
As a pianist, Rupert has a wide background in performing, both as soloist and accompanist, at venues around the country, including St. John’s Smith Square and Snape Maltings. Past prizes include the Sheila Mossman Award from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, the Douglas Fox Memorial Prize from the Music Masters’ and Mistresses’ Association, 2nd prize in the Royal Northern College of Music’s ‘Prix Scarbo’ competition, and the Rotary Club of Banbury’s ‘Young Musician of the Year’ title.
For a number of years he worked with musically-gifted children at the Purcell School in Hertfordshire as a residential tutor, houseparent, and accompanist. He is an experienced teacher of piano and singing, and has been a deputy Alexander Technique teacher at the Junior Royal College of Music for over ten years.
Between 2008 and 2012 Rupert set up and directed a choir in Hainault, Essex, for adults living with neurological/sensory special needs; they gave several well-received concerts. He moved to Bristol in 2012 to study Music Therapy at UWE, and has been active as an accompanist and singer with two local choirs. Most recently, he has joined the staff at King Edward’s School, Bath, as Senior School Accompanist and Performance Coach.
After belonging to several other choirs in Bristol, Kathy attended Bristol Cabot and quickly realised she had found the choir for her. She is a Soprano and enjoys singing choral music. Her career has included working in the theatre and in medical education. As the Chair of the choir, she sees her role as helping each member to achieve their full potential thus enabling the choir to reach its collective best.
When she isn’t working on choir matters, she travels and is currently working on her first novel. “Singing weekly with our group under the talented ear of our musical director is a total joy”.
John returned to choral music two years ago and joined the Bristol Cabot Choir on the recommendation of his singing teacher. He finds both the discipline and emotional charge of the the music completely absorbing. As Vice-chair John supports the work of the Musical Director and Chair, maintains the Choir’s newsletter and hopes that its fortieth year will see it move onto the next stage of its development.
‘Monday evening rehearsals have become an important part of my life and a place of calm in a sometimes chaotic world’
Rosie started singing at a young age and joined the Bristol Cabot Choir when she moved to Bristol to study for her PhD in cancer research. Rosie now works for the Biotechnology and Biosciences Research Council but loves singing and getting involved in choir activities in her spare time. Rosie sings soprano and has regular singing lessons with musical director Beccy. As the Choir Secretary Rosie takes care of the choir membership, attendance, new members, and record keeping. When not working or singing Rosie enjoys road cycling, gardening and reading.
Angela has enjoyed singing from an early age & has regularly sung solo in amateur productions and choirs. Her love of dance led to her choreographing amateur shows , including at the Bristol Hippodrome & Colston Hall. Now retired from a career as a Headteacher, University Lecturer & Researcher in Education, she spends her time singing, volunteering at Westonbirt Arboretum, learning german & as a Trustee of local charities.
She says that singing in The Cabot Choir is both a pleasure and a privilege & she would recommend it as an antidote to any ‘blues’!