I joined Southend Vox after hearing a work colleague speak about how much she was enjoying singing, meeting new friends and challenging herself. I couldn't read music so was nervous at the beginning. I shouldn't have worried because everyone was so helpful and supportive. If you love singing in the shower or the car and ever wondered, 'could I really be in a choir?', the answer is 'Yes!'.
Katie began singing at the age of 11, singing in two successful choirs throughout secondary school. Pursuing her passion for singing, Katie went onto study a degree in Music and Drama at Queen's University, Belfast. Following graduation, Katie continued studying under the tutelage of Robin Bowman, head of vocal studies at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Katie joined Vox as a member in 2010 before taking on the role of MD in January 2017.
Chamber Musical Director
I have fostered a love of music, ever since I sung at the Southend Lights switch on, whilst at primary school! I joined Southend Vox in 2010 and now lead the chamber choir, I also support Katie with the main choir. Through Southend Vox, i've met many friends new and old and even found my husband Paul!
When I joined Southend Vox in September 2012 I was a little nervous. My sister had joined six months earlier and said that I would really enjoy it and meet some great people. She was absolutely spot on! They truly are a lovely bunch of people and if you love singing, you'd probably love it with Southend Vox too!
I'd sung at school and university, but gone some years without before moving to Essex, and (to my surprise) finding exactly the right choir for me first try! Getting lost on the way to my first rehearsal (old digs, so no worries now) wasn't a great start, but I was totally forgiven by this very welcoming choir. I've been Treasurer since 2019, and met my future wife at Southend Vox in 2011.
I joined the choir with my wife, Lorraine, in September 2018 after I had seen Vox perform at Southend Music Festival. I thought, wow! - this group sound great! We quickly made so many new friends. I became Membership Secretary in January 2020 and I'd be delighted to tell you more about the choir if you thinking about joining. Go on - give us a try!
I joined Southend Vox Chamber Choir in January 2016 after hearing them perform and being incredibly impressed. The repertoire is a little different from our sister choir, Southend Vox, with more emphasis on choral singing, although we do some fun pop songs as well. I enjoy making sure all the chamber choir members are present and correct for concerts, music festivals and weddings!
I joined Southend Vox in 2010 after watching a friend in several concert and deciding I fancied giving the choir a go. Since then I've enjoyed learning new repertoire I may not have otherwise dabbled in as well as creating new friendships and experiences.
I have been Southend Vox's accompanist for a few years now, having joined the choir upon moving into the area. Piano playing and singing have always been a part of my life. Singing in a choir gives you a unique bond with your fellow sisters and is proven to be good for our general well-being.
Accompanist (Chamber Choir)
I trained at the Royal College of Music having performed at a high level from a young age. I have specialised in teaching and accompanying in Southend for many years, originally accompanying the Fidelio Singers for several years. I thoroughly enjoying my collaboration with Southend Vox Chamber choir and playing an eclectic mix of music.