Alfreton Ladies Choir

Leadership

Liz Moulder

Liz Moulder GRSM ARMCM

Liz started singing at the age of five when she was auditioned for the then school choir. Throughout her time at school she was fortunate to have music teachers who encouraged and developed her love of singing particularly at her secondary school which had an incredible reputation for music at that time It is this positive experience that started Liz on her vision of trying to attain the highest possible performances for musicians at all times—not just in the competitive or exam situation but to enthuse in all the love of singing and performing which she still enjoys!

Liz, a former student of the Royal College of Music at Manchester, has been involved with choirs from the age of seven, becoming a conductor at 14. Liz studied piano and singing as her main studies at The Royal Manchester College of Music (now the Royal Northern College of Music) studying singing with Caroline Crawshaw. On leaving college, she became a member of the Edinburgh Festival Choir, singing under such renowned names as Arthur Oldham, Daniel Barenboin, and Sir Adrian Boult.

Throughout her career in education, she has continued to be involved in developing choirs of all ages and abilities. Many of her students have gone on to study music at the established British music colleges.

Since becoming musical director of Sonara Singers in 1989, Liz went on to become the principal conductor of the Eastwood Collieries Male Voice Choir in 2009. In October 2010, she performed at the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, conducting a massed choir of two hundred and fifty members of seven male voice choirs from the East Midlands and Grimsby who were in concert with the Band of The Blues and Royals. In 2011, she was invited to form a scratch mixed choir of over one hundred and twenty voices that met, rehearsed and performed on the same day to celebrate the International Hospice movement. Along with guest soloist Annette Woods, the choir thoroughly enjoyed their day and look forward to the next event in two years time. These large scaled choral events are due to continue with Liz already booked in for concerts at the Royal Concert Hall for the following three years a challenge that she enjoys as well as appreciating the opportunities given to lead such enthusiastic and gifted vocalists.

2013 will see Liz celebrating 25 years of musical leadership with the choir. Her infectious enthusiasm transmits itself to the whole group, which must now be one of the premier choirs in the East Midlands.

Teresa Mills

Teresa Mills LTCL ALCM

Teresa is a long standing member of the choir. A local girl, she began playing the piano at the age of 9, inspired by the beautiful sounds and not least by watching Liberace on TV every Sunday night!

She won many prizes in the Nottingham and Beeston music festivals, gaining her diploma in piano teaching under the guidance of Brenda May and Sylvia Bowden.

Her accompanying career began whilst studying A Level music, when she was always in demand from her fellow students.

She joined the Alfreton Ladies Choir in 1981, where her professionalism and dedication is much appreciated by all members of the choir.

Helen Beresford - Assistant Conductor

Helen first started singing at the age of 5, going on the attain her Grade 7 in voice whilst studying at South East Derbyshire College. She has always been involved with local school choirs and musical theatre groups including singing with the Gateway Theatre Company until it dissolved in 1990.

A loyal member of the choir, she supports the musical director in the day-to-day rehearsing of the choir.