MUSICAL DIRECTOR - ROXANNE SUMMERFIELD
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. She has also conducted several Christmas concerts for English Heritage. In addition to her work at Leicester University, Roxanne is Accompanist and Vocal Coach for De Montfort University Chamber Choir and Artistic Director of Leicester MusicFest. Roxanne combines a freelance career as a performer with a busy teaching practice based in Aylestone. Visit Roxy's website at www.roxannesummerfield.com.
PRESIDENT - NATHAN ALBON
Hi, I’m Nathan, President of Leicester University Chamber Choir. I joined LUCC as a first year during Freshers’ Week of 2014, and I have never looked back. I am currently in my third year at University of Leicester, studying BSc Geography. I became President of LUCC in 2016, following a successful year as Tour Secretary, which culminated in taking the choir to Venice, where we sang in St. Mark’s Basilica.
LUCC provides its members with a great opportunity to start or pursue choral singing under quality musical direction and vocal coaching. Weekly rehearsals ensure we maintain a high musical standard, and regular socials enhance the choir bond. Our annual UK weekend residential and summer European tour enable us to sing in some spectacular venues, which I regard as a highlight of my university experience. I’m proud to lead such a spirited group of young people and am excited for what the year ahead holds.
VOCAL COACH - JOHN GULL
John is a professional singing teacher based in Leicester, and has been working with LUCC since 2014. He also teaches a number of Leicester University music scholars. 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 professional choir of St Mary the Virgin and the Schola Cantorum of 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. He moved to Leicester in 2009 to be Director of Music at St Thomas the Apostle, South Wigston, where he directed the renowned choir of boys and men. John has over twenty-five years experience as a singing teacher working in schools, colleges and universities. A number of his pupils have gained places at UK conservatoires including The Royal College of Music, The Royal Northern College of Music, The Royal Welsh Academy of Music and Birmingham Conservatoire. Others have won Oxbridge choral awards and cathedral choral scholarships. Visit John's website at www.johngull.com.
CONDUCTING SCHOLAR - MADDIE WELLAND
My name is Madeleine Welland and I am very excited to be the University of Leicester’s first Conducting Scholar! I am currently studying Modern languages and Management and have been an active member in several choirs in Leicester for 5 years, including the University Chamber Choir. My experiences with choirs such as St James the Greater, Leicestershire Chorale and the Cathedral Chamber Choir have fed my love for choral music and I will be immensely proud to have a choir of my own, so that perhaps I can pass it on. I hope to cover a mix of secular and sacred music across the year which will be performed in joint and stand-alone concerts. I will be working to build a strong bond between the Chamber Choir and this new choir to ensure our new members have a community in which to make the most of university life.