We are a small choir dedicated to making music that we enjoy and that develops us as singers. Everybody takes a turn at the tea rota and we have a dedicated bunch of members who move furniture, prepare refreshments and lock/unlock the car park. We are organised and managed by our ‘Steering Wheel’, Elaine, Iva, Julie and Yvonne.
Director of Music
Liz Bryson is a musician and teacher from Hastings.
After reading music at the University of Manchester she trained as a teacher and spent the next 20 years in schools around Kent and East Sussex, conducting and arranging for a variety of ensembles from steel pans to jazz quintets.
In 2018 she took the plunge into the world of choral conducting with us and is passionate about singing fun, interesting and authentic pieces that allow us to develop our knowledge and technique.
Originally from the North-West, Alison studied piano and voice at the Royal Northern College of Music. Alison is an accompanist, performer and teacher well known in the Battle and Hastings area. She accompanies a number of local choral and theatrical groups. Her knowledge of voice is an invaluable part of our rehearsals.
Louise Winter was born in Preston, Lancashire, and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Her most recent roles include Gertrude in Brett Dean’s Hamlet (Glyndebourne on Tour), Marcellina Le nozze di Figaro (Royal Opera House), Madame Larina Eugene Onegin (Garsington Opera), Anaide in Leoncavallo’s Zazà (Opera Holland Park), Wife in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Greek with Music Theatre Wales at the Linbury Studio Theatre and on tour in the UK and Korea, Kabanicha Katya Kabanova (Longborough Festival), Madame de la Haltière Cendrillon and Ragonde Le Comte Ory (Blackheath Concert Halls). She created the role of Susan in Huw Watkins In the Locked Room (a co-production between Music Theatre Wales and Scottish Opera) and recently created the role of Pilar in David Sawyer’s The Skating Rink for Garsington Festival.
Previously she has sung title role Carmen and Marguerite La Damnation de Faust (English National Opera), Olga Eugene Onegin (Royal Opera House/Canadian Opera Company/Glyndebourne Festival Opera), Sesto La clemenza di Tito, Edwige Rodelinda, Pauline Pique Dame (Glyndebourne Festival Opera), Brangäne Tristan und Isolde, Venus Tannhäuser and Lady Macbeth in Ernst Bloch’s Macbeth (Frankfurt), Preziosilla La Forza del Destino (Rouen).
Louise Winter has sung with many of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle, the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sir Andrew Davis, the Hallé Orchestra under Sir Mark Elder, the Philharmonia Orchestra under Sir Charles Mackerras, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Carlo Rizzi.
Recent and future engagements include Madame Larina Eugene Onegin (West Green House Opera), Mamma Lucia Cavalleria Rusticana (Scottish Opera), Marcellina Le Nozze di Figaro (The Grange Festival), Governess Pique Dame (Royal Opera House) and Maya in Howard Moody’s Agreed (Glyndebourne).