Village Voices Choir was formed in Baildon, Bradford by Ros Cunningham in January 2016. Originating with approximately 16 members initially, the choir has quickly expanded to a membership of around 40.
The choir rehearses weekly at Baildon Methodist Church on a Wednesday evening and comprises men and women from across Baildon village community and beyond. Although there are no auditions to join the choir and no former choral experience is required, some degree of music-reading experience is an advantage and these skills are encouraged and nurtured through the choir’s weekly rehearsals. A good work ethic and an open minded attitude to approaches to learning as well as to exploring a broad spectrum of music are the most important requirements.
Ros’ aim has been to create a mixed SATB choir with a wide-ranging repertoire, spanning good quality arrangements of songs from the classical, folk, jazz, gospel and popular music traditions. The ethos of our choir is that we achieve most when we are enjoying ourselves! Hence our rehearsals are characterized by a lot of hard work and laughter at the same time!
Ros read Music at Durham University, graduating in 1986. She has worked as a cellist in and around the north of England for over 20 years, latterly with Intermezzo String Quartet based in the Lake District. Ros has also worked as a pianist and teacher, as well as choral director in secondary education and therapeutic care. Her love of singing and diverse choral music prompted her to form Village Voices Choir in 2016.
Assistant Musical Director
Emma is a level 3 certified instructor with the Institute for Vocal Advancement. She specialises in Musical Theatre and performance but enjoys teaching a wide range of styles/genres.
Emma works as a freelance singing teacher and vocal coach as well as being a peripatetic music teacher for Musica Kirklees and a vocal teacher at Moorfield School in Ilkley. Emma is also a Musical Director of both Bradford and Airedale Youth Choir and Ilkley Youth Choir.
Emma enjoys working with choirs and vocal groups of all levels and believes music should be fun and accessible to all.