member profiles

rachelRACHEL SMEDLEY
Voice: Soprano
Nationality: English
Occupation: Maths Teacher
How long have you been a member of CML? Nearly 2 and a half years
Favourite CML concert: Amore
Started singing: My first lessons were when I was 7
Favourite music: Classic rock, chart music and jazz
Favourite singer: Hmm, too hard to choose. I’m currently listening to Caro Emerald and The staves.
Hobbies and pastimes: Singing, dancing ceroc, reading and visiting family ‘oop North’


alexALEXANDRA ROLLAND
Voice: Mezzo Soprano
Nationality: Canadian
Occupation: HIV Epidemiologist
How long have you been a member of CML? 1.5 years
Favourite CML concert: Amore
Started singing: as a baby in my crib
Favourite music: I love all music!


SABINE BIRCHSABINE BIRCH
Voice: soprano
Nationality: German
Occupation: teacher
How long have you been a member of CML? 10 years
Started singing: in the pram
Favourite music: Lieder by Schubert and Schumann
Fave composer: Mozart, Schubert, Brahms
Fave singer: Fischer-Dieskau
Fave CML concert: Deutsches Requiem by Brahms
Hobbies: Making music with my children at home and performing in shows at school


matthewMATTHEW EVAN SMITH
Voice: Basso profondo
Nationality: British
Occupation: Craftsman and musician
How long have you been a member of CML? 3 years
Favourite CML concert: Rachmanninoff’s Liturgy of St John Chrysostum
Started singing: At birth!
Favourite music: Sibelius Symphonies 5 & 7
Favourite singer: Vladimir Pasiukov
Hobbies and pastimes: Walking, exploring London, fitness training, good ale.


buckleyKATHRYN BUCKLEY
Voice: Alto
Nationality: British
Occupation: PPC Account Manager
How long have you been a member of CML? : 18 months
Favourite CML concert: My first ever concert! Singing Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms was a real highlight.
Started singing: I’ve been singing to myself for as long as I can remember, but I took it up seriously when I won a choral scholarship with Wadham College, Oxford.
Favourite music: Within choral repertoire, Rachmaninov’s Vespers. However, I’m more of an orchestral musician and love . . . Rachmaninov again.
Favourite singer: I’m going to break with tradition here and say Taylor Swift.
Hobbies and pastimes: Aside from singing I love travelling, going to the beach as often as possible, knitting, and I’ve recently been introduced to the delights of Tottenham Hotspur FC.


lizLIZ ARAM

Voice: Soprano
Nationailty: British
Occupation: Freelance communications consultant specialising in health
How long have you been a member of CML? 16 years
Home: Wimbledon
Started singing: probably in my pram
Favourite music: I’ve loved discovering completely new music such as the Latin American repertoire, Whitacre, early English, and modern English eg Jonathon Dove, Maxwell Davies
Fave composer: Still can’t beat J S Bach
Fave CML concert: Luminoso (September 2015) I sponsored this concert to raise money for a charity that means a lot to me. I think it’s great that the choir encourages people to bring ideas and connections. I  like these themed a capella concerts where we provide an informal cabaret atmosphere and a huge range of old/new/popular/unexpected/interesting music.

Hobbies: literature, meditation, fitness, voluntary work, my house in France (available to let – sorry for plug!)


SEBASTIAN BORGERSEBASTIAN BORGER
Voice: Bass/baritone
Nationality: German
Occupation: London correspondent for newspapers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
How long have you been a member of CML? Seven years
Home: Harringey, North London
Where did you start singing? At home with my parents and sisters
Favourite piece of choral music: St Matthew Passion
Favourite composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Favourite singer: The Baritone Christian Gerhaher
Favourite CML concert: St John Passion, 2012
Hobbies and pastimes: Playing football in Finsbury Park with my wife, two sons and lots of neighbours, both parents and children


jillJILL HOUSE
Voice: alto
Nationality: British
Occupation: University lecturer (retired)
How long have you been a member of CML? longer than nearly everyone else…
Favourite CML concert: always the next one!
Started singing: at primary school
Favourite music: for choirs? Monteverdi, Bach, Brahms, Rachmaninov, Poulenc…
Favourite singer: Can’t pick just one, but Jonas Kaufmann and Joyce Di Donato are up there
Hobbies and pastimes: opera and song, contemporary music, playing with my grandsons


lucy silverLUCY SILVER
Voice: Soprano
Nationality: British
Occupation: Administrator
How long have you been a member of CML? 2 years
Favourite CML concert: Masters of Baroque
Started singing: at school, but seriously about 10 years ago
Favourite music: Mozart & Gershwin but really everything!
Favourite singer: Judy Garland & Maria Callas
Hobbies and pastimes: Singing, going to the theatre, concerts, walking, spending quality time with my family and friends


JENNIFER VERNOR-MILESJENNIFER VERNOR-MILES
Voice:  alto/mezzo soprano
Nationality: British
Occupation: Charity/Arts Administration
How long have you been a member of CML? 5 years
Favourite CML concert:  still to come!  So far, JSB St John Passion
Started singing: 8 years old
Favourite music:  Britten, Bach
Favourite singer:  Dame Janet Baker
Hobbies and pastimes:  singing of course!  Also scuba and travelling


JOHN BIGGINSJOHN BIGGINS
Voice: Tenor
Nationality: British
Occupation: Professional actor/graphic designer
How long have you been a member of CML? 12 years
Home: Hither Green, SE London
Where did you start singing? At school
Favourite piece of choral music: Strauss Four Last Songs
Favourite composer: It has to be Beethoven
Favourite singer: Emma Kirkby
Favourite CML concert: AMORE, 2014
Hobbies and pastimes: Leeds United FC, photography

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