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Singing

All enquiries to the Section Co-Ordinator: Mrs Helen Mountain, 01392 439563, Email

NO AMPLIFICATION OF ANY KIND IS ALLOWED.  BACKING TRACKS ARE PERMITTED BUT MUST CONTAIN NO VOCALS AT ALL AND THE PLAYBACK MACHINE MUST BE PROVIDED/OPERATED BY THE COMPETITOR 

Adjudicator

Angela Rowley BA (Hons), PGCE, ARCM MISM

Angela, a graduate in German from University College, London, followed a career in  teaching before embarking on voice training, working with many eminent teachers including the late Paul Hamburger.

Her first experiences of public performance were at school, in choral societies and at Music Festivals. She encourages her pupils and choir to enter festivals for the opportunity to perform, hear peers and receive professional critique. Her hopes are that the experience will be challenging, educational and fun!

Angela has performed widely in the UK and in Germany, France and Romania and still  performs regularly in recital, concert and oratorio with a special love of Lieder, French song  and 20th century English song. She is particularly keen on poetry and its musical interpretation.

Angela founded and is MD of Harmony ’96, a large ad hoc choir which performs major oratorios twice a year. In 2015 the choir performed Beethoven’s 9th Choral Symphony with the Hazel Grove Orchestra. She is also MD of Eccles  Community Choir, enjoying an opportunity to develop the voices of those who were never allowed in the school choir! The choir has visited Salford’s twin town of Lünen, Germany, three times with performances in Cologne and in 2018 Bruges cathedrals. In 2016 the choir was  part of an international choir which performed Howard Goodall’s ‘Eternal Light’ in the Carnegie Hall, New York.

For several years Angela taught singing in a large comprehensive school and later in a Sixth Form College where she formed a choir, assisted in the production of musicals and initiated the development of music in the curriculum for students with both mild and severe learning difficulties. She is a firm believer that music is an essential life skill and that no one should be excluded on grounds of ability.

Angela’s students and choir have participated in the writing and production of original works as part of the BBC Philharmonic’s Community Programme and performed in the Proms at the Albert Hall and for the Queen on her visit to Media City, Salford.

Angela has a private practice and regularly runs performance workshops and  masterclasses.

Alongside her singing career Angela runs a charity in Kenya with her husband.  www.rowleyprojects.com