JUDITH SHERIDAN - MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Judith is well known within the local community as a singer, conductor and teacher. She has
conducted the Beacon Community Choir since it started in 2007.
After studying at the Royal Northern College of Music, Lancaster University and the Opera School of the Hochschule für Music und Darstellende Kunst, Hamburg, her early career was as a concert and opera singer, performing throughout Europe. Since returning to the UK, Judith has focussed more on teaching, leading workshops and masterclasses and conducting choirs. As well as leading the Beacon Community Choir, she also performs regularly with Sing Wilstone, Vocal Lees and Sabrinensis.
As a performer, she regularly appears with the Ridgeway Ensemble, and her special interest in the music of composers banned by the Nazis resulted in a CD of their music distributed under the Divine Art Label.
RICHARD COOPER - CHAIRMAN
I was brought up in Tring moving to Marsworth shortly after getting married forty years ago. I loved
playing all sports particularly tennis, golf, rowing and hockey. Singing was a regular part of school life,
which I loved, but never had any thoughts about being a member of a choir. However, in 2009 Revd
Tracey Doyle, then vicar of Ivinghoe, asked me if would take part in the local nativity play as one of the kings. How could I refuse a lady? As part of this I had to sing a verse of We Three Kings and afterwards Judith must have been feeling the cold as she said I had quite a sweet bass voice and would I consider joining the Beacon Community Choir. I told her that if I did she would get my wife, Lisa, as well. This turned out to be one of the best things that ever happened to us. A while later I was asked to be chairman and we have had a wonderful ten years being part of the choir and seeing it develop into the super choir it is today and are quite sure it will continue to develop and grow as we tackle ever more challenging works.
LINDSAY HEWLETT - SECRETARY
I joined the Beacon Community Choir when it was formed in 2008 and am now also a committee member having the role of membership secretary. I really enjoy the variety of music that the choir performs. As well as studying some challenging works we also have great fun performing more popular music. Whilst improving my singing, one of the best things is the friendships that I have formed through being a choir member. I can thoroughly recommend joining the choir. No singing experience is necessary just a desire to sing and meet new people. You will be made most welcome’
JOHN CAMERON - PRESIDENT
One of the most versatile composers in Britain today, John’s career covers many genres including movie scores, recording work and writing and arranging for music theatre and legit theatre. In 2007 he received an Emmy nomination for his score for the ABC miniseries Path to 9/11 (with Harvey Keitel) and his film credits include the Oscar nominated music score for A Touch of Class (with Glenda Jackson and George Segal) and the scores for over 50 feature and TV films. Others include the British classic Kes, The Ruling Class, Black Beauty, The Mirror Crack'd, To End All Wars, the mini-series Jack the Ripper (Michael Caine) and ABC's Little House on the Prairie.