was born into a singing family and lived in Norton-on-Tees.
Her secondary education took place in Darlington where she sang
solos in musical productions and was encouraged to wave her arms
at the school choir. Her teacher training took place in Hull where
she achieved Distinction in the Advanced Music Course. She started
her teaching career in Darlington with music as her specialist subject.
She continued with singing lessons and developed her choral conducting
skills at Summer Schools organised by the Sing for Pleasure organisation,
eventually becoming Chair of the South Region and National Vice-Chair
with responsibility for developing links with A Coeur Joie, the
francophone international choral organisation from which Sing for
Pleasure sprang and which has made her a 'Temoin Majeur' (Major
Witness) to the philosophy of Cesar Geoffray who founded A Coeur
Joie in 1945, one of only about 40 people so far to receive this
teacher's supplementary year at Trinity College of Music led to
a Licentiate Diploma and Angela becoming Head of Music at two large
comprehensive schools in the London Borough of Brent where she founded
a multi-racial Youth Choir and organised singing holidays and participation
in Festivals in Belgium and France in addition to conducting on
singing days, weekends and Summer Schools in England. On moving
into school senior management (and acquiring an M.A.) her music-making
became an evening activity with Adult Education groups in Brent,
Harrow and Chelsea.
Headteacher at Heston Community School in Hounslow, and somewhat
to the surprise of colleagues, she organised Neighbourhood Festivals
for which she rehearsed singers from primary, special and Heston
school and the local community who performed their own items and
sang together in a massed choir. She also led massed primary school
choirs in Hounslow local authority festivals.
returned to the North-East, Angela retains her links with Sing for
Pleasure through her 'occasional choir' of adult singers from many
areas of the country which meets six or seven times a year near
Tring in Hertfordshire. The group have participated in visits to
France, Poland and Rumania, singing holidays in the Lake District,
Scarborough and France and hold an annual Bank Holiday House Party
weekend at the beginning of May. She also leads a Singing for Pleasure
group in Stokesley U3A that welcomes singers of all backgrounds
and experience and has 70 people on its register.
is delighted to have become Music Director of Guisborough Choral
Society. Being able to teach and conduct larger choral works
fulfils an ambition previously impeded by school management responsibilities.
She believes that singing is a source of joy and well-being and
that choral singing can transcend barriers of age, background, language
and nationality and provide fellowship for all who take part.
took over as the Conductor of Guisborough Choral Society on 23rd