Photo by Martin Ferrier

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.

Accompanist: Rachel Bird

Coordinator:  Gayle Burch

Producer: Hilary Roesen

Treasurer:  Peter Wilkinson

Membership secretary: Chris Hurst

Minuting secretary:  Stuart Barker

Librarians:   Janet Ferrier and Jane Riley

Concert Manager:   Wendy Holman

Soprano rep:  Lynda Bateman

Alto rep:  Barbara Divers

Tenor rep: position currently vacant

Bass rep and archivist: Brian Aspery