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Conductor ~ Christine Gwynn

Christine Gwynn

Christine read music at Southampton University and subsequently studied at the Guildhall with Norman Beedie. 
Her freelance career in music involves her in many aspects of music making and education within the community; she gained an MA in this field in 1997.

In 1998 Christine became musical director of the Valentine Singers with whom she has performed a wide range of music, from oratorio and part-songs to musicals and opera.
She is also director of Writtle Singers , a chamber choir based near Chelmsford, and of the Tuneful Accord vocal ensemble.

With Anne Fradd, Christine leads the Spectrum Singers , a project-based youth choir.

Christine lectures in adult education and has developed a series of Choral Skills courses; she is also in demand as a coach, teacher and choral workshop leader.

In 2002 Christine led the Valentine Singers on their first continental tour, to Lake Garda and Venice.  The choir performed to great acclaim at a number of churches, including the Basilica di San Marco, where they sang at evening mass.

Accompanist ~ Tim Smith

Tim trained professionally with Jan Adey and has wide experience as an accompanist. He has worked extensively with Cameo opera, The Carl Rosa Opera Company and Opera Exclusive on a wide range of opera and operetta including a recent tour of Carmen. He appears regularly on the concert platform with singers in recital programmes ranging from Lieder, opera excerpts and folk songs, to songs from shows. He also works at the Players’ Theatre, London, and his previous choral experience includes five years with The Ivor Evans Choir.

Tim Smith

Community Chorus Director ~ Frances Quintrell

Frances Quintrell

Frances Quintrell's initial training, at Christchurch College, Canterbury under Donald Burrows, qualified her to be a specialist music teacher, in which capacity she developed her early career.

Since 2001 Frances has been active as a freelance vocal/choral coach and trainer. Her work includes classes for adult singers covering vocal, choral and musicianship skills and as a workshop leader for Arbutus Music of which she is a co-director.

Frances has been leading the Valentine Singers Community Chorus since its inception in June 2014.


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