Musical Director – Alison Bletcher
Alison gained an honours degree at the Royal Academy of Music, London with singing and recorder as a joint first study. She also studied trumpet and piano. In recent years Alison returned to education and achieved an MA in music performing (singing) at Salford University. Since leaving the Academy, Alison has had a varied and full performing career. As a singer she has sung as the contralto soloist in numerous oratorios, taken leading roles in operas including Carmen, been the guest soloist with a large number of choirs and performed in many recitals. Alison also plays in recorder recitals and has been a regular performer as a trumpet and cornet player in different orchestras and brass bands.
As well as performing, Alison also greatly enjoys teaching. She teaches singing, recorder, piano and brass, and her pupils have received great success in examinations and competitions. Quite a few pupils have continued to read music at universities or music conservatoires. Alison has conducted various choirs and brass bands in the past and is greatly enjoying her post as MD with the Ladybrook Singers.
Accompanist – Celia Maylor
Celia was born in Wallasey, on the Wirral peninsula. At the age of 13 she was awarded a music studentship by Wirral Metropolitan Borough Education Department, studying piano first with John Ramsden, Principal of the Liverpool Matthay School of Music, and later with Eva Warren, who then taught at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Celia continued her studies with Czech pianist Jana Frenklova at Lancaster University, where she performed Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.2 with the University Orchestra. She also studied harpsichord continuo with Richard Langham Smith. Celia now works as a pianist and piano teacher from her home in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester
She has also taught at schools in Stockport, Manchester and for Liverpool Music Support Service. Besides accompanying the Ladybrook Singers she also works as an accompanist for Liverpool Music Support Service and has performed for a number of years with soprano Sylvia Martignoles as the duo “Two’s Company”.
THE CHOIR AT REHEARSAL
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Alison conducting choir in rehearsal
A selection of photos taken during rehearsal