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 the Cheltenham Youth Choir and MidLife ChoirSis, which have blossomed and boast large and enthusiastic memberships. Rachel is married with three children ranging from 21 to 6 years old and so is never to be found with her feet up.
After graduating, Victoria taught singing and piano in Yorkshire before moving into Arts admin, with the London Sinfonietta, LSO and British Council. She sang with The Joyful Company of Singers and is now a member of Cheltenham-based Oriel Singers, and the Orchestra of the Swan Chamber Choir. Between teaching singing at two secondary schools, she can often be seen running around after Arthur, Daisy and husband Tom.
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 The High School for Girls, Gloucester in 2006. She has been singing with local chamber choirs for the past ten years and is delighted to be singing with Octavo. 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 three grandchildren. How did that happen?
Jeremy, now enjoying retirement from running Cheltenham’s festivals, is a keen croquet player. He is a devoted grandpa to Daisy (12) and her younger brothers, and adores all his extended family, including of course ‘granny’ (Lindsay), whom he met whilst singing, when they were both students, in Cambridge.
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 priest-in-charge 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.