Carole Edwards, Musical Director
Carole joined the Singleton Singers as Musical Director ten years ago following the retirement of her predecessor. She has always had a love of music since a child, learning to play the piano at 6 years of age. Carole studied music while doing teacher training in Cardiff and has taught in both primary and secondary schools in the Neath/Port Talbot and Swansea area, developing school choirs and putting on musical shows like Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.
Carole has been a chorister with local choirs since a teenager and was a member and then associate conductor of The Morriston Ladies Choir for a number of years before taking up the baton with the Singleton Singers. She enjoys the variety of songs that the choir performs and is very proud of the ladies and the lovely comments that come from the audiences.
Jonathan is a self taught musician. He was able to play the piano by ear at an early age and was playing for Church and School Assembly from the age of 7. His passion for Musical Theatre has taken him far and wide over the last 20 odd years as performer and musical director. He has enjoyed working at home and abroad as soloist for numerous choirs and musical arts societies.
He spends most of his time tutoring and coaching children and adults, as a singing teacher. He has enjoyed very much his first year as accompanist for the Swansea Bay Singleton Singers. Many members have been friends of his for many years. He can be found in rehearsal, trying very hard, to sit quietly, and unobtrusively behind the piano, in a corner, and he rarely squeaks a sound. (Don’t believe that!)
Meet some of our Choristers
Carol Sambrook (far left)
“As a line from the song ‘Thank You For The Music’ goes, ‘I sang before I could walk or talk’ – and that is certainly true for me. I grew up in a very musical family. My father organised troop concerts and my mother organised Old Time Music HalI acts which performed around the Swansea area. I remember being taken along and this is where I learnt to sing and dance. At the age of 10 I appeared in the Grand Theatre in Cinderella as a junior dancer, and as a youngster I belonged to a school choir and sang at the Eisteddfod in 1963. I also sang in church choirs, and sang in a pop group when I was a teenager. I have been singing ever since and joined the Singleton Singers 4 years ago. As part of the choir we develop our vocal skills and make friends who have a shared interest. We sing a variety of songs from the Seal Lullaby to Down Town. So come along, join us, and sing.”
Lisa Major (second from left)
“I had never sung in a choir before, but spent all my working life teaching in a Primary School in London where I helped to run the school choir. We always enjoyed the ‘Hackney Festival of Voices’ where the children sang a variety of quite challenging pieces. e were fortunate to have an excellent music teacher who encouraged me to sing. When I retired and moved to Swansea, I know the one thing I would miss would be the singing, so after meeting a member of Singleton Singers I thought I’d give it a go. This was about 10 years ago and it was one of the best things I could have done. I now look after my young grandchildren so it’s great to have something that’s for my own enjoyment. I was warmly welcomed and hope to continue for many years.”
Gill Simon (second from right)
“I always enjoyed singing whilst at school. Some years ago my neighbour asked me if I’d like to rehearse with CLIC Sargent for their Annual Concert in St.David’s Hall, Cardiff. I did and it was an amazing experience. Later she invited me to join the Singleton Singers. I’ve been a member for about 8 years (2nd soprano) and have made many friends. I look forward to the concerts and social events and find singing both relaxing and rewarding.”
Dorothy Lewis (far right)
“My love of singing started at about ten years of age when I was in the church choir followed by the school choir. I moved to Nottinghamshire when my children were quite young and joined a choir which helped me to become part of the community and make new friends. On retirement we moved back to Wales and when my husband died I again found joining the Singleton Singers helped me to make new friends and have an enjoyable active social life. I find singing very uplifting and rewarding and would encourage anyone who enjoys singing as I do and would like to make new friends to come and join us”