The Sing4Fun South Wigston Community Choir is fortunate in that it can call on the skills and knowledge of two very talented and enthusiastic people in the roles of Musical Director and Accompanist. It is a testament to their skills that they have succeeded in blending the Sing4Fun voices to produce such a confident sounding choir.
Born in Westmorland, Katy settled in Leicester after taking a Performing Arts Degree at De Montfort University. Katy has performed with many choirs, most notably with the Birmingham-based Ex Cathedra Chamber Choir. She studied singing with the late Pamela Cook and now with Andrew Ashwin. Katy sings with The Wren Ensemble and Leicester Cathedral Chamber Choir at prestigious events including The Leicester County Civic Service at Leicester Cathedral, The Reinterment of Richard III for Channel 4 and We’ll Meet Again at Leicester Curve Theatre.
Solo engagements have included: Dixit Dominus and Athalia (Handel), Mass in C minor (Mozart), Carmina Burana (Orff), Stabat Mater (Pergolesi) and The Creation (Haydn). Katy played the role of Marcellina in Knighton Opera’s production of ‘The Marriage of Figaro’.
With Ex Cathedra Katy took part in recordings and broadcasts for the BBC World Service, Radio 4, Radio 3 and BBC Prom Concerts. She worked for the Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service, including Acting Head of Voice in 2010-11. Since 2013 she has worked for Leicester Cathedral as a Choral Director, teaching the Primary Schools DioSing projects across Leicester and Leicestershire. Katy is proud to have seen Sing4Fun blossom and grow over the years into a true Community Asset!
Lydia is a highly regarded pianist and performs regularly on her own or as an accompanist. She has been teaching the piano for ten years in Leicester and is very proud of successes of her pupils. She plays harpsichord continuo with orchestras, has been musical director for dramatic groups, conducts choirs and is the repetiteur for many groups including Knighton Opera – preparing the singers most recently for The Marriage of Figaro. She has recently become Director of Music for Coro Nostro Chamber Choir as well being one of its main soloists.