Jo Sercombe works in Bath and nationally as a vocalist, Musical Director and workshop leader and is particularly keen to make singing accessible to all, regardless of skill or experience. She loves to encourage creativity in others; working with adult singing groups, community choirs, schools and colleges, businesses, and even on cruise ships! Closer to home, Jo founded and directs the Bath Community Gospel Choir and the Sunrise Gospel Choir and teaches ‘Singing for Actors’ at Bath Spa University. She is also the Gospel Workshop specialist for The Ambassador Theatre Group in London’s West End.
Chris Rowbury has 30 years’ experience as a patient, charismatic teacher with a relaxed style laced with plenty of humour. He will get you singing in wonderful harmony in a matter of minutes! Chris has worked all over the world as a teacher, director and performer. He has taught at the Royal Festival Hall in London, at several well-known UK drama schools, at music festivals and for major corporations. He runs regular world music singing groups and community choirs and teaches a cappella harmony songs from a wide range of traditional styles (e.g. gospel, Eastern European, African).
Anna Shackleton graduated with first class honours in Vocal Studies from Birmingham Conservatoire, under the guidance of Christine Cairns and recently completed a postgraduate diploma in teaching singing from Cardiff Metropolitan. She has appeared as a soloist with various orchestras and choral societies around the UK, including regular engagements with the Orchestra of St John’s, directed by John Lubbock. Anna has established a thriving private singing practice based at the Matrix Music School, Sutton Courtenay and also coaches the choristers of St Giles’ Academy, Oxford. She is MD of local barbershop chorus, Oxford Harmony.
Bernard Soper is a qualified and experienced school teacher and has been a very successful Subject Leader for music for many years in several schools throughout the country. He is an experienced choral director who has led successful school choirs, has been Musical Director for Crawley Operatic Society and Maiden Erlegh Gilbert and Sullivan Society and then as Earley Community Choir. He has led Thames Vale Singers and now leads the a cappella group, ‘Crescendo’. Bernard has a wide interest in all kinds of choral music with a special interest in the physical and emotional well-being that simply having fun with music can enhance. He now works in Reading, Berkshire as a freelance accompanist, piano teacher and general music teacher.