Caroline Evans – Choir Director

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Caroline

I joined the gospel choir soon after moving permanently to Salcombe in 2008. My musical background is jazz piano – I play regularly with several local jazz bands. I soon realised that jazz and gospel groove and rhythm are very closely matched so I found myself accompanying the gospel choir on piano. One thing led to another and I now direct the choir, learning as I go!   I am passionate about this music and the joy it brings to everyone in the choir and beyond. We learn everything by ear – throwing away the written music is incredibly liberating.

 

Frances French - Assistant Choir Director / Conductor 

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Frances

The Gospel choir grew out of my desire to find a choir that fitted in with my family and busy working life. After a conversation with a friend who shared my passion for singing, we decided to start our own choir, so in Febuary 2008 we had our first rehearsal and since then we have been going from strength to strength.

I grew up in a very musical family, my Dad had his own band and my 7 siblings share his talent and love of music. Music is an integral part of my life. Since the age of 4 I have always sung in choirs and have been influenced by a wide variety of musical styles; especially blues, rock, folk, ecclesiastical etc... But Gospel, Liturgical, Taize and folk are where my passion lies, a passion which I share with my husband Rev. Daniel French. Throughout my life I have been involved in setting up a variety of choirs for all age groups. My gift has always been to encourage others to use their gifts and talents for the Greater Glory. This year I am really enjoying learning my way as a new conductor, I look forward to making fabulous music, and having great fun with this amazing and unique choir.

 

 

Nola Baylis - Sound Recordist

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Nola

I am so privileged to be a member and sound recordist of this wonderful community gospel choir and feel a great connection singing soul-stirring songs with such warm hearted people in this beautiful part of Devon.

Being a holistic fusion fitness teacher I feel singing from the heart with passion is so beneficial to mind, body, emotions and spirit. I am sure all the members benefit in some way and feel supported along their unique journey of life.

 

Debbie Hamilton - Treasurer

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Debbie

I have always loved to sing! I sang in school choirs and productions as a teenager, and aspired to joining the D’Oyly Carte Company after I left school. However, that didn’t happen, but a lot has happened since those days and so I only returned to singing in the last 3 years. I have loved every minute, we sing some really fun music and the camaraderie is fantastic so I’ve made some lifelong friends! As Treasurer I have the responsibility of looking after the Choir’s finances, so you could say a background of banking and financial management has been an asset!

 

 

Caroline Broad - Social Secretary

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Sarah Burnett - Workshop co-ordinator

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Karen Harris - Wedding co-ordinator

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Pat Barlow - Concert and funeral co-ordinator

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I moved to Kingsbridge from Cheltenham when I retired in 2010 and joined the Gospel Choir soon afterwards. I hadn't sung for 50 years (still trying to make up for lost time) and have found it strangely liberating! The choir is such a friendly environment and was so welcoming to me as a newcomer. I like to think that’s part of our choir’s ethos.

My role on the committee is to coordinate our concerts and events, which fits in nicely with being Secretary of Kingsbridge Amateur Theatrical Society (KATS). I’ve probably thrust a flyer about one of our productions in your hands at some stage. I’m also taking responsibility for coordinating funerals, as I spent a lot of time working with bereaved people during my time in the NHS and it seemed a natural fit. I know how much families appreciate our singing support during funeral services and hope we can offer this more often in the future.

 

Lewis Eden - Communications co-ordinator

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