Suzannah trained as a singer with Hervey Allen in London, sang with the Monteverdi Choir and The Academy of St Martin-in-the-fields and formed the female, close-harmony cabaret group, Mother’s Ruin before returning to her native Gloucestershire. She now combines running a thriving headhunting business with making damson gin, preparing feasts and making music with friends.
Having worked for many years as Label Manager for Nimbus Records, Gloucestershire lass Rachel is now a music/singing teacher by day, mainly at Dean Close Preparatory School. She is founder of Cheltenham Youth Choirs and MidLife ChoirSis, which boast large and enthusiastic memberships. Rachel is married with three children ranging from 26 to 12 years old and is the new owner of a crazy puppy so is never to be found with her feet up.
After graduating, Victoria spent ten years in London singing with The Joyful Company of Singers and working administratively for the London Sinfonietta, LSO and British Council. Now in Gloucestershire, she enjoys singing with local choirs, including the Orchestra of the Swan Chamber Choir. To escape hectic family life, Victoria can often be found exploring Bredon Hill.
After graduating, Debbie taught Music for five years in Surrey and sang with the Guildford Philharmonic Chorus. To be closer to her family she moved back to Gloucestershire and started teaching at Denmark Road High School in 2006. She has been singing with local chamber choirs for over ten years and started singing with Octavo in 2017. All her family love Music and both her daughters sing with local youth choirs.
Paul is a member of The Oriel Singers. He spent his working life translating technical Russian and editing journals and books. He is married to the beautiful Jane and has seven children and four grandchildren. How did that happen?
Iain spent his working life in London, singing with a number of chamber choirs including the Corydon Singers, Holst Singers, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Londinium and modern music specialists the New London Chamber Choir. Now happily retired to Gloucester he looks forward to singing with friends old and new in Octavo, joining local chamber choirs and reviving his playing of the recorder.
Crispin has enjoyed many years of making music in London and Gloucestershire, while serving as a Church of England priest and teaching RS, Philosophy and Ethics in Guildford and Bristol. Now settled in beautiful rural Herefordshire, he is rector of the StowCaple benefice of 7 parishes between Hereford and Ross-on-Wye. With the oceans of spare time this affords him he would secretly like to own and run a Bordeaux vineyard.
Ken was a choral scholar at Christ Church Oxford and sang in London with the Corydon Singers and other top chamber choirs. In addition to the ‘day job’ peering into computerised accounting systems he is a novice beekeeper. Otherwise, he takes up every possible chance for vocal fulfilment, which from time to time includes the Oriel Singers, Cappella Singers, choral society solo work and visits to Gloucester Cathedral and Tewkesbury Abbey.