Sunday 26 November 2017   Holy Trinity Church, Knaresborough


Soloists and players for 2017



Siân Haines soprano


As a first study singer, Siân achieved her ATCL Performance Diploma in November 2012 and studied at Hereford Sixth Form College under the direction of Aryan Arji and Lucy Bowen. Here she was a choral scholar and sang weekly evensong services in Hereford Cathedral as well as BBC broadcasts, national and international tours and on recordings with Priory Records.

In 2012, Siân was appointed as the Administrative Officer for Music with The Academia Musica Choir and Orchestra, a position she held until July 2014. This artist management post included marketing and events management for both local and national concert series, broadcasts, recordings and tours. She also worked in collaboration with Directors of Music at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, as well as coordinating the everyday running of a busy A-Level Music Department.

Now continuing her studies at the University of York, Siân is in her final year of the BA Music course, taking particular interest in Baroque performance practice under the direction of Professor Peter Seymour and Yvonne Seymour. Here she is a member of the University Choir, Chamber Choir and Yorkshire Bach Choir. During her time at York, Siân has sung as a soloist in numerous concerts and recitals. Highlights include solo performances in the York Concert Series, Lunchtime Recital Series, assessed early music recitals, Purcell 'Ode for St. Cecilia', Monteverdi '1610 Vespers' at Beverley Minster as part of the York Early Music Festival, and most recently as Cupid in Purcell 'King Arthur'. In March 2017 she also sang as a soprano soloist in Bach 'Mass in B minor' with the Academia Alumni Group. 

Siân has also taken part in educational projects with the Orchestra of Age and Enlightenment at Beverley Grammar School and Beverley High School singing arias from Handel 'Acis and Galatea' whilst working with year nine pupils to explore Handel's work by creating their own rhythmic, song and dance compositions. She has also worked on three UoY Opera Society productions. Firstly, Mozart 'The Magic Flute' as Marketing Officer at Grand Opera House, York in May 2015; Secondly, in the role of First Witch in Purcell 'Dido and Aeneas' at the National Centre for Early Music in January 2016; and lastly as Marketing Officer in Mozart 'Cosi Fan Tutte' at the National Centre of Early Music in June 2016.

After graduating in summer 2017, Siân will continue her studies in Baroque performance practice on the MA course at The University of York. She aspires to sing as a soloist in oratorios and manage large scale concerts and productions. 



Sophie Collerton mezzo  has recently completed a degree in Mathematics at the University of York, and currently studies singing under Yvonne Seymour. Last year, she was awarded the alto choral scholarship at St. Wilfrid's Church in York. She currently studies on a postgraduate course in Performance Practice with Professor Peter Seymour at University of York. During her time at University, Sophie has sung with a number of groups, notably University Choir, Chamber Choir, and Yorkshire Bach Choir. Recently, she has been featured as a soloist in Rejoice in the Lamb (Britten), The Twelve (Walton), and King Arthur (Purcell). 


Before coming to University, Sophie was a member of Hull-based choir 'The Maureen Hunter Singers'. As well as being regularly featured as a soloist at their concerts, she also had the opportunity to sing with the choir in a range of prestigious locations, including St. Peter's Basilica, Notre-Dame Cathedral, St. Paul's Cathedral, and St. George's Chapel. 

Sophie is also a keen actress and enjoys being able to combine her theatrical flair with her enjoyment of singing. Notable parts include: 'Peep-Bo' in The Mikado and 'Leila' in Iolanthe (International G&S Festival), 'Ruth' in The Pirates of Penzance (Galtres Festival), and 'Mrs Peachum' in The Threepenny Opera (York).


David Griffiths tenor is a regular concert performer, both as a soloist and with a number of chamber choirs in the Manchester area. He very much enjoyed singing with the Brixi Singers of Bolton in their concert tour of Exeter Cathedral, Bath Abbey and Buckfast Abbey in the Summer this year. He is a frequent performer in opera and musicals, most recently as Marco in Gondoliers (New Rosemere AOS), Ralph in HMS Pinafore (The Three Towns Operatic Society) both this year, and Johann the younger in Waltzes from Vienna (The Three Towns Operatic Society) in 2016. He looks forward to playing Frederic for the third time in Pirates of Penzance, this time in New Rosemere’s 2018 production.

In his professional life, David is a partner with a large firm of commercial solicitors.


James Gaughan bass  is an experienced soloist, specialising in concert and Oratorio repertoire, and singing mostly in Yorkshire and the surrounding area. As a recitalist, recent performances include appearances in York, Harrogate and Northallerton. He also performs regularly with choirs and choral societies. Recent performances include the bass soloist in Messiah at Huddersfield Parish Church and St Mary Magdalena East Keswick, Bach Cantata 140 in Horsforth, Elijah at Cleckheaton Methodist Church and Stainer’s Crucifixion at Howden Minster.

In 2016, James won Rosebowls at the Mrs Sunderland and Rothwell Festivals, along with the Victor Ludorum Senior Singing Shield at the Cottingham Methodist Church Festival. James is a pupil at the De Costa Academy of Singing, where he has studied under Michael De Costa for over five years.

Details about upcoming engagements can be found at James’ personal website


Adrian Selway organ became an organist and choirmaster in his early teens, studying under Gwilym Isaac, Sub Organist at Canterbury Cathedral. He went on to study organ with Eric Chadwick and also piano, cello and choir training at The Royal Manchester College of Music. Graduating with ‘Special Merit in Performance’ and having gained his Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists he continued his education at Newton Park College in Bath and was appointed Assistant Director of Music at The Royal Masonic Boys School in Bushey. Further teaching appointments included Head of music at Ripon Grammar School and Director of Music at The Royal Merchant Navy School, Bearwood College in Wokingham. Adrian has toured widely as a recitalist and was Organ Tutor at Harrogate Ladies College for many years touring with the Director of Music and the Chapel Choir, playing in many of our cathedrals and also to Paris, playing at Notre Dame, St Eustace, La Madeleine and Chartres Cathedral. Adrian maintains his great interest in choir training and is currently Organist and Choirmaster at St Paul’s United Reformed Church in Harrogate and also teaches organ and piano at Ashville College. In his spare time, Adrian produces miniature watercolour paintings and builds dolls houses and miniature harpsichords.


Beryl Pankhurst harpsichord was born and educated in Liverpool and studied piano, organ and accompaniment at the Royal Manchester College of Music from which she graduated with distinction, also winning the Pinson prize for Bach playing.  Although she has performed as soloist on many occasions, her main passion is in accompanying. She has been the official accompanist for the Harrogate Choral Society for over 30 years.


Fiona Mayo cello was born in Johannesburg, and enjoyed a delightful barefoot childhood surrounded by unusual pets. She demanded 'cello lessons at 9 and has played ever since. After spending 20 years in Norfolk, working in hospitals and schools, she came to Harrogate where she teaches and plays. Her interests include her garden, chameleons, border collies, champagne and repairing 'cellos.


Andrew Jackson trumpet is a founder member and former principal cornet  with the Harrogate Band. He has performed as a soloist in York Minster, Ripon Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. His musical taste can be best described as eclectic. For the past fifteen years he has played bass guitar and trumpet with the popular function band The Nightjars, who play regularly across the U.K and Europe. Since taking early retirement five years ago from his job in banking I.T, music has become his full time occupation. 


Nick Garrett trumpet is the principal cornet player and events manager for the Harrogate Brass Band and trumpet player for a function band Em and Them.
This year he launched the Harrogate Band's Women Make Music Campaign which has resulted in the Band premiering brand new works by upcoming composers. The Band have appeared on TV every year in the last 8 years Nick has been manager.
Nick made his Messiah debut last year.


Margaret Smith timpani was born in Scotland.  She went to school in Portsmouth and London after which she went to the Royal Academy of Music where she studied piano and clarinet.  Her Diploma in Education at Reading University included work on percussion.  After teaching in Bath she moved to Harrogate Ladies’ College where she taught piano, clarinet and saxophone for many years.  She recently retired and continues teaching in private practice.  She performs regularly with Harrogate Philharmonic Orchestra and on an occasional basis for Ashville College.  Other musical interests include choral singing, piano ensemble work and playing in a recorder consort.


David Andrews joins us again as Musical Director. As ever he has gathered a talented team of soloists and instrumentalists to support him. David is a highly experienced violinist, organist and choral conductor. He has been both the Deputy Head and Director of Music at Harrogate Ladies’ College and contributed substantially to musical life and education both locally and further afield.