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: Gayle Burch
Producer: Hilary Roesen
Treasurer: Peter Wilkinson
Membership secretary: Chris Hurst
Minuting secretary: Kate McLuskie
Librarians: Janet Ferrier and Jane Riley
External affairs: Hilary Roesen
Concert Manager: Wendy Holman
Accompanist: Rachel Bird
Soprano reps: Jane Kaye and Linda Bateman
Alto rep: Barbara Divers
Tenor rep: Chris Fieldhouse
Bass rep and archivist: Brian Aspery