Music Director

She studied at the University of Birmingham and later completed postgraduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music – winning numerous awards and scholarships at both institutions.  Other awards include Kirklees Young Musician of the Year.

Sarah’s classically trained mezzo soprano voice gives her great versatility and she loves her career as an operatic, concert and oratorio soloist. She has performed in many fine UK venues including Wigmore Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, York Minster, Leeds Town Hall, Huddersfield Town Hall and the University of Oxford’s chamber music hall, the Holywell Music Room. As a soloist, she has enjoyed the great privilege of working with outstanding conductors including Sir Mark Elder, David Hill and Clark Rundell. Sarah also combines her love of singing and brass in her long musical partnership with the world-class Black Dyke Band and their Musical Director, Professor Nicholas J. Childs. 

But singing is not her only passion: having worked on Opera North’s flagship education programme across the North of England, Sarah has flourished as a skilled conductor, vocal coach and animateur. Now an experienced choral conductor, she is currently the Musical Director of Cawthorne Choral Society. Her vocal insights, energy and a magical ability to inspire choirs to be their very best make her a highly popular guest conductor and vocal workshop leader.

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Accompanist and assistant MD

David has accompanied the society for over 20 years.  He is also a skilled organist, moving seamlessly between the organ and piano in concerts. His piano skills and sharp wit make him fun to work with and a firm favourite in the choir.

Outside of the society, David used to play the viola and has worked as an Musical Director and accompanist in Amateur Dramatic shows for over 50 years.  He will be stepping down from these duties in February 2022 for a well earned rest!

David is also a qualified pilot and in his spare time loves to circle in the clouds.