Leicester University Chamber Choir

Leicester University Chamber Choir is a group around 35 singers, based at the University of Leicester. We perform regularly in Leicester and further afield, and enjoy exploring a wide variety of choral repertoire, both sacred and secular. Our membership is drawn mainly from the University's student body (both undergraduate and postgraduate), but we also welcome Associate members, often from other local universities, colleges and 6th Forms.

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MUSICAL DIRECTOR - ROXANNE GULL

Roxanne has been Leicester University Chamber Choir's Musical Director since 2013. Following music and academic scholarships at Lincoln Minster School, Roxanne was appointed Organ Scholar at Lincoln Cathedral, where she was also Musical Director of the Lincoln Cathedral Chamber Choir. From 2008-2011 she was Organ Scholar at Christ's College, Cambridge, where she read Music, graduating with a first class degree and the prestigious Canon Greville Cooke prize. During her time at Cambridge University, Roxanne accompanied and directed Christ’s College Chapel Choir on three international tours (USA, Europe and Australia) and played for three recordings on the Regent label. Conducting appearances in Cambridge included Handel’s Water Music and Orff’s Carmina Burana. 

In 2011 Roxanne moved to Leicester to take up the post of Assistant Organist at St James the Greater, and in 2013 she was Musical Director for the Leicester Gilbert & Sullivan Society's critically-acclaimed production of The Yeomen of the Guard at Leicester's Little Theatre. In 2018 she was privileged to be Musical Director for Leicester MusicFest’s production of Dido & Aeneas. She has also conducted several Christmas concerts for English Heritage.

Roxanne is passionate about working with young adult singers: she enjoys a vibrant choral life with Leicester University Chamber Choir, and she was closely involved in setting up a new chamber choir at De Montfort University. She is Artistic Director and co-founder of Leicester MusicFest, an educational music festival creating opportunities for amateur musicians and young people in particular. She is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists, a tutor in choral conducting on the Jennifer Bate Organ Academy, and an occasional adjudicator for music competitions. Roxanne teaches Organ at English Martyrs' Catholic School, and runs a busy teaching practice based in Leicester.

Visit Roxy's website at www.roxannegull.com.

PRESIDENT - Clarrie Jackson

Hi, I’m Clarrie, President of Leicester University Chamber Choir and am a 3rd Year Geography student at the University of Leicester. I am lucky enough to be the President of Chamber Choir for this year.

Having been a member since my first year, LUCC has been a massive support network for me during my time at Leicester. I have been a member of the committee since my second year when I was elected to be Social Secretary and enjoyed being part of it so much that I decided to run for the President role this year. The combination of 2 annual tours, weekly professional vocal coaching and the opportunity to sing & socialise with a choir of such a great standard makes Leicester University Chamber Choir the perfect group for anyone looking for their choral fix at University. Chamber Choir has become an integral part of my university experience and my time in Leicester wouldn’t have been the same without the wonderful experiences and friends it has given me along the way.

 

VOCAL COACH - JOHN GULL

John is a professional singing teacher based in Leicester, and has been working with LUCC since 2013.  He is also a versatile accompanist with a wealth of experience of supporting singers as a pianist, organist and harpsichordist.   John started his musical career as a chorister at King's College, Cambridge and then went on to gain a music scholarship at Eton. He read music at Oxford University as Organ Scholar of Corpus Christi College, and sang with the Schola Cantorum of Oxford and the professional choir of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford.  After university John sang for seven years as a cathedral lay clerk, first at Southwell Minster and then at Lincoln Cathedral, where he was also Choral Animateur for the cathedral’s outreach programme, leading workshops and developing choirs in schools throughout Lincolnshire. John has a rich experience as a choir trainer and conductor, having directed a wide range of ensembles ranging from large choral societies (e.g. Leicester Philharmonic Choir, Nottingham Bach Choir) to church choirs (St Thomas the Apostle, South Wigston), ladies barbershop (Lincoln Sounds Chorus), male voice choirs (Lincoln Orpheus), and community choirs (Singing For Fun, Leicester).  In nearly thirty years experience as a singing teacher working in schools, colleges and universities, John has seen a number of his pupils gaining places at UK conservatoires including The Royal College of Music, The Royal Northern College of Music, The Royal Welsh Academy of Music and The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Others have won Oxford & Cambridge choral awards and cathedral choral scholarships.

Visit John's website at www.johngull.com.

 

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