New Chorus Director appointed!

Sheila Cornall, Mus B (Hons), GRSM, ARMCM, PGCE.

Sheila received her early musical training in Lincoln, where she studied the piano and violin. It was in these early days that she also developed her love of accompanying, playing chamber music and singing in choirs. Although the violin was very much her ‘second’ instrument, she gained experience of orchestral repertoire as a member of the LSO (the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra!) and as leader of the Lincoln Youth Orchestra.

After this, she went to Manchester to study Music at both the University and the Royal Manchester College of Music (now the Royal Northern College of Music). Whilst there, Sheila received prizes for her academic work and performing skills and became president of the Music Society at the university. After graduating, Sheila continued to pursue her lifelong ambition to become a teacher. 

Her first post was at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls and then family commitments brought her to Buckinghamshire where she took up a Head of Department post in Amersham. Sheila took a break from teaching to raise her family. However, conducting groups such as the Chorleywood Choral Society, the Misbourne Orchestra, Chesham Musical Theatre Company, the Chess Valley Male Voice Choir as well as accompanying other choirs, instrumentalists and singers also kept her busy before she returned to teaching, initially for a short period at Chesham Preparatory School and then at St Clement Dane’s School in Chorleywood.

In 1997, she was appointed Director of Music at Wycombe High School, a post from which she retired in 2013. In 2011, Sheila was the Classic FM Secondary School Music Teacher of the Year. In 2012 she learnt to play the saxophone from scratch in less than two terms, being sponsored to take her grade 4 exam as part of the school’s fund raising activities for a new Music Centre. She achieved a high distinction mark, of which she is very proud! At Wycombe HS she was overwhelmed by the musical talents, commitment and quality of the students both in and out of the classroom. The performances of choirs, orchestras, bands, instrumental ensembles of every kind, soloists in concerts, Carol Services, festivals, musicals, an opera, on 14 Music tours across Europe were unforgettable. It was also a great privilege to work with colleagues and students from other schools, especially the Royal Grammar School High Wycombe.

After retirement, Sheila has been busy continuing to teaching some A level and GCSE Music and resuming being Musical Director of the Chess Valley Male Voice Choir. In addition, she accompanies choral societies, instrumentalists and singers, and plays some chamber music. Sheila also take her Male Voice Choir on tour in this country and abroad, as she did with her school choirs. 

 

Learn To Sing with Slough Philharmonic Chorus!

Choral singing has never been so popular and there are many good reasons!  It's fun, it's rewarding and much has been written about the health benefits of singing.  

Slough Philharmonic Chorus includes musical training and singing coaching in our rehearsals.  We offer classes at foundation, intermediate 1, intermediate 2 and advanced levels and can accommodate all singers from the absolute beginner to more experienced singers. We welcome everyone and we do not audition.  We are committed to training and nurturing our singers to be the best that they can.

Musicianship for Singers trains adult amateur singers to read music and to sight sing. It gives singers the skills to practise their own part with increasing confidence and fluency. We learn to read and sing notes in the treble and bass clef, key signatures, rhythm notation, the harmonic structure of the music and navigating choral scores.  

The classes are included in our choir annual membership fee.  The first session is free for new members.

For further information email us at chorus@sloughphil.org.

 

 

Dr Rebecca Berkley, Chorus Director 2011-May 2016 Slough Phil Chorus thanks Rebecca for her great inspiration during the past five years and wishes her well in her new ventures.

Dr Rebecca Berkley, Chorus Director 2011-May 2016

Slough Phil Chorus thanks Rebecca for her great inspiration during the past five years and wishes her well in her new ventures.

About Us

Teamwork with the orchestra enables us to tackle major choral works – an unaffordable venture for most  stand-alone choirs.  The chorus prides itself on being open to all keen singers without audition. People new to singing, or a little rusty are invited to fun Come and Sing sessions and informal weekly tuition. The chorus has also branched out with light-hearted café-style performances of musicals and opera. In May 2015 there will be a concert tour abroad to France.

We are non-auditioning, perform two choral concerts with the orchestra per season and are developing the opportunities for other performances that can include secular and close harmony styles of music.

We meet on Monday evenings at 7:30pm at Burnham Grammar School, Burnham,SL1 7HG.

If you are interested in joining us, email chorus@sloughphil.org

 

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