People

Chairman:  Richard Emms, BMus, ARCM, LRAM

Richard has made music throughout his life, beginning as a pianist, but emerging as a composer and choral conductor at college.  On graduating, Richard taught in both primary and secondary schools, and filled his musical life with teaching, composing, conducting, and choirs.  Soon after moving with his family to Shipston, Richard founded Stour Singers, and, in retirement, created his a cappella choir, Cantamus, in 1997.

Richard imbues confidence in singers whatever their experience or ability, shares his depth of knowledge and understanding of the music, and inspires Stour Singers to expressive performances.  His composition now takes the form of inventive choral arrangements for Cantamus and, when required, orchestrations for Stour Singers.

Coordinator:  Yvonne Ridley

Treasurer:  Brian Gowers

Minuting secretary:  Kate McLuskie

Librarians:   Janet Ferrier and Jane Riley

External affairs:   Vic Twyman

Front of house:   Tom Moffatt

Accompanist: Rachel Bird

Soprano reps:   Gill Leyland and Val Rooke

Alto rep:  Barbara Divers

Tenor rep and membership:   Ian Buchanan

Bass rep and archivist: Brian Aspery