STANLEY ROOCROFT MBE, LTCL, ACP, Cert Ed.
Stanley Roocroft of Gayle, near Hawes, North Yorkshire, educated at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Blackburn, was a Choral Scholar of Blackburn Cathedral and a Royal Schools of Church Music chorister at the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
After completing his education and teacher training his first appointment was as Head of Music Department at the Cathedral School in Wakefield.
Whilst teaching in Wakefield he was a member of the Music Advisory Committee, conductor of the annual Schools Music Festival, founder of the Wakefield Youth Band and conductor of the Yorkshire Youth Band. He was appointed Chorus Master to the Morley Gilbert and Sullivan Society and the Normanton Operatic Society and over a period of ten years he continued to promote music in education and youth music-making in choral and instrumental traditions in the Yorkshire area, eventually achieving the position of Head of Music Services in the Education Advisory Department for the City of Sheffield.
He has been an adjudicator at music festivals for over forty years within the British International Federation of Festivals for Music and has adjudicated and tutored for the National Chamber Music Competition for Schools Trust.
Music interests outside the education service have been conducting bands, orchestras, operatic societies and music direction in the professional theatre.
He is currently conductor of the Wensleydale Chorus, Aysgarth Singers, Wensleydale Philharmonic Orchestra, Hawes Silver Prize Brass Band and for sixteen years President of the Wensleydale Tournament of Song (Music and Speech Festival).
He joined the staff of the Yorkshire Rural Community Council in 1991 to manage a Childcare Project in partnership with the Rural Development Commission and the District Councils of Richmondshire and Craven before taking the post of Development Officer for North Yorkshire.
He was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2005 for service to the communities in North Yorkshire.
Born in London and educated at Cambridge University, John Powell has spent much of his life in Manchester. His musical activities have always centred around choirs and singers and he devotes his time to conducting, singing and teaching. Until 1988 he was Head of Choral Music at Chetham’s School of Music. He now teaches privately and at York University. He is also very active as a Festival adjudicator.
John was for fifteen years Director of the Bolton Chamber Choir as well as a frequent Guest Conductor with Fleetwood Choral Society. His own chamber choir, the John Powell Singers, is heard regularly on BBC Radio and has toured throughout Europe, most recently to Romania last October.
In 2005 he took up an appointment as Musical Director of the Tatton Singers in Cheshire. John also directs choral workshops and conducts Bolton Festival Choir as well as training choirs for special events. Recent major projects have included conducting The Dream of Gerontius at the RNCM, new commissions for the Bolton Festival Choir and Tatton Singers and training the chorus for Belshazzar’s Feast at the Bridgewater Hall. In November he conducted Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody and German Requiem at the RNCM.
A member of the BBC Northern Singers since 1975, and a founder-member of the Britten Singers, John has sung on Radio, TV and disc, and at the Proms, Aldeburgh and Harrogate Festivals as well as touring extensively abroad. He performs in recitals and oratorio and particularly enjoys exploring new and unusual repertoire. In 2010, the two hundredth anniversary of Robert Schumann’s birth, his recitals included performances of Dichterliebe and Liederkreis. This year’s recital programme includes rare songs by Liszt and Wagner.
Caroline Clemmow, ARCM, LRAM, ARAM, was awarded a piano scholarship to the
Royal Academy of Music where she won many prizes for both solo and ensemble playing. As a chamber musician she collaborated with many instrumentalists and singers, and became a founder member of the Hartley Piano Trio, which gained international recognition by its concert and festival appearances, broadcasts and numerous recordings, including the complete trios of Spohr on the Naxos label.
While also performing concertos and giving recitals as a soloist Caroline derives particular pleasure from the field of chamber music; she has worked with such diverse groups as Serenata, Kaleidoscope and the Koenig Ensemble, and has covered an extremely wide repertoire, ranging from the classics and romantics to complex twentieth-century works. In addition to this wide range, collaboration with Evelyn Glennie has resulted in the performance of percussion-and-piano repertoire. Her many activities have led to numerous London concerts, regular broadcasts and invitations to major festivals.
An important part of her work is the celebrated piano duo with Anthony Goldstone, described by Gramophone as “a dazzling husband and wife team”. They are critically acclaimed for their pioneering broadcasts and CD recordings which now number thirty-four, including a ground-breaking seven-CD cycle of the complete original piano duets of Schubert. Their B.B.C. broadcasts have often included first hearings of unjustly neglected works, and they have built up an international following.
As a teacher, Caroline is experienced in advanced tuition, with former pupils pursuing music studies in prestigious London institutions and at Oxford University. Adjudication (including B.B.C. Young Musician, International Young Concert Artists etc.), coaching (various summer schools) and examining (for the Associated Board) also form part of her varied career.
Matt studied Music and Popular Music at the University of Liverpool and then went on to do a Masters degree in Music Performance (Pop Vocals & piano) at The University of Salford. He is a music classroom teacher and singing teacher at Birkenhead High School Academy.
Matt has been a member of Sense of Sound Singers since 2005 and he has enjoyed many highlights during his time with them: supporting Russell Watson on his 2009 19-date tour, performing on the live BBC television show, ‘Last Choir Standing’, backing Seal and Bon Jovi at the Royal Variety Show and performing with an array of critically acclaimed European artists at the Nuits de Fourviere festival in Lyon and Paris in 2010.
Matt is a also choir director himself; his longest-running choir, ‘Together Pop Choir’ performed twice at the Echo Arena at ‘Star Wars Live’ with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and at ‘Lennon Remembered’, a commemorative concert held thirty years after John Lennon’s death; the choir also reached X Factor bootcamp in 2008. As an accomplished arranger, his pop choir arrangements are performed all over the world; Matt also writes commissioned pieces for choirs and in May he is heading over to Pennsylvania to work with a choir on a commissioned piece.