Inspiring children to be
happy and confident
through music …
Inspiring children to be
happy and confident
through music …

Creative Team

Voices for Life work in collaboration with creative artists to create and perform exciting and fun songs and choral works.  These are carefully created and delivered to help give children a renewed sense of confidence in themselves as well as experiences that will live with them forever.

We are always looking for creative practitioners to work with, please get in touch if this would be of interest to you.

Sue Curtis

Librettist: Voices for Life song, Mission to the Moon, Extraordinary! and Stardust.

Sue approaches her work as writer and librettist from the solid
foundation of a lifetime’s experience of literature and theatre.
Sue has spent much of her life as an academic, lecturing at
universities in South Africa, Austria, and England, and teaching at
King Edward’s School in Bath, where she founded a Drama
Department which she ran for twenty years. She has worked as an actor and
as an award-winning director and her passion for theatre and her
commitment to professional production values communicated itself to her
students, over 150 of whom now work in the industry

Jools Scott

Composer: Voices for life song, Mission to the Moon, Extraordinary! and Stardust

Jools has worked with the BFI, Brodsky Quartet, Flanders
Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and St. Paul’s
Cathedral Choir. In 2015, he scored Andrew Steggall’s feature
film Departure (“Jools Scott’s tastefully sparse score” – Variety
Magazine). The same year, he performed in Sally Cookson’s
critically acclaimed production of Jane Eyre (National Theatre). In 2014,
Jools and his long-term librettist Sue Curtis, completed The Cool Web : A
Robert Graves Oratorio, which premiered in Bath Abbey. The Cool Web
opened the Wimbledon International Music Festival in 2017, and closed the
official UK and Belgian 1914-1918 centenary programme at St. Paul’s
Cathedral in 2018.

Photo by Anna Moskalkova

Jamila Gavin

Librettist: We are every child

Jamila is a writer and story teller. She was delighted to be able to offer Voices for Life ‘We Are Every Child.’   In recent years she has been writing plays for or about children, including one commissioned by the Coram Foundation, now an agency for adoption and children’s welfare, ‘Wherever I Lay Down My Head.’ This play was about the plight of refugees and unaccompanied child asylum seekers. It is from this work, her poem ‘We Are Every Child’ was inspired.

Photo by Anna Moskalkova

Russell Hepplewhite

Composer: The Elements Cantata

Russell studied at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, and the Royal College of Music in London as a scholar. He is recognised as a leading music-theatre composer, and was placed in the Evening Standard’s Progress List of the top 1000 Londoners making a significant impact in their profession. His operas include:  Under The Little Red Moon – an opera for babies and their carers was recently performed by English Touring Opera and is now a finalist for a prestigious “Offie” award in London. Russell’s new opera The Crash opened to critical acclaim at the Oldenburg State Opera, Germany.
 
Russell’s many choral works are published by Banks Music Publications, Oxford University Press and Stainer & Bell. His works have been performed widely, including by the BBC Singers, and on radio. Russell taught composition at the Royal College of Music for over a decade, and continues to work for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music as a trainer, reviewer, and international examiner.

Katrine Reimers

Choral Director, Extraordinary 2023! (Wiltshire) and Workshop leader

Katrine Reimers is a Bath-based freelance choral conductor, educator, vocal coach and accompanist. Working in numerous schools over many years, Katrine’s education projects have ranged from large-scale choral concerts with international school children at the Cadogan Hall, London to devising and delivering orchestral projects for disabled young musicians to perform at the Bristol Beacon. Her youth music projects have included arranging potted operas for primary school children and collaborating with celebrities such as Oscar-winning composer Michel Legrand and British jazz legend Julian Joseph. 
Katrine studied music at King’s College, Cambridge, gained a Master’s degree in piano  accompaniment at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and completed her training as an opera coach and répétiteur at the National Opera Studio. Her work has covered a wide range, from orchestral keyboard at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, to opera workshop-leading in prisons, and from conducting an international festival massed-choir of 3,000 singers in northern Italy to vocal coaching for English National Opera. Katrine is now Musical Director of Bath Choral Society, Wincanton Choral Society and Priddy Singers, as well as Director of Music at S. Mark’s, Swindon. 

 Photo credit @mikegriffiths

Matthew Coleridge

Choral Director, Stardust 2024 (Cornwall)

Matthew Coleridge is one of the UK’s most exciting emerging choral composers,  debuting in 2023’s Classic FM Hall of Fame top 100: the second youngest composer to make the list, and one of the highest ranked British composers.

His 2023 album Requiem – recorded by the Choir of Royal Holloway and Southern Sinfonia – was Classic FM’s Album of the Week, and received a 5-star review from BBC Music Magazine.

Matthew has written music for many renowned choirs and vocal groups, including Portsmouth Cathedral Choir, Christchurch Priory Choir, The Queen’s Six and Papagena, and regularly conducts concerts of his music in cathedrals and abbeys around the country. 

 Photo credit @bentomlinphotography

Greg Hallam

Choral Director, Stardust 2022 (Wiltshire)

Greg Hallam is an esteemed choral director, singer and teacher. Greg teaches singing and choral conducting to young people aged 8-23 at Wellington College, Christchurch Cathedral School, Worcester College, Oxford and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, in addition to directing three adult choirs. Greg helped set up the London Youth Choir and was Musical Director of the National Youth Boys’ Choir for five years.

A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and Royal College of Music, Greg was awarded an ARAM (Associate of the Royal Academy of Music) for his significant contribution to the music profession in 2019.

Pete Harrison

Choral Director, Stardust 2023 (NE Somerset and Somerset)

Pete studied at the Royal College of Music, London before his conducting career started in London’s West End with Crazy For You (Prince Edward Theatre), Disney’s Beauty & the Beast (Dominion Theatre) and Lautrec (Theatre Royal, Plymouth and Shaftesbury Theatre).
He is a regular a regular guest conductor and presenter with many orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia, the Ulster Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. He is the Musical Director of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Voices choir (BSO Voices) based in Southampton and partnered with the BSO. Pete is also the Music Director of the Brent Youth Concert Pops Orchestra partnered with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Other education work includes the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain, the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Wales, Kent County Youth Orchestra, Berkshire Youth Symphony Orchestra for Berkshire Maestros and the Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Orchestra of Wells Cathedral School.

George Bevan

Choral Director, Extraordinary! 2023 (Bath) and Accompanist

George’s early musical education as a chorister at St. Mary’s, Warwick played a huge part in shaping his future. After winning a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music in London, at the age of 20 he was appointed as Organist & Choirmaster at St James’s, Muswell Hill, and it was there that he discovered a passion for directing choral music which has remained with him ever since.

George has enjoyed a combined career as teacher and freelance musician, most recently taking up the post of Head of Academic Music and Assistant Organist at Downside School in January this year. Above all, he is committed to finding opportunities for people of all ages to enjoy singing, and his ‘Choir who can’t sing’ has proved beyond doubt that singing is an extraordinary, life-changing gift which everyone can enjoy.

David Ogden

Choral Director, Stardust 2024 (S.Glos)

David is a professional conductor and composer. He conducts Exultate Singers, City of Bristol Choir, Bristol Youth Choirs, the professional vocal ensemble Celestia, and workplace choirs at Arval and Airbus. He is Director of Music at Holy Trinity Church, Westbury-on-Trym.

For over 30 years he has worked with numerous professional and amateur groups of all shapes and sizes in many fields of music making from small children’s groups to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted over 100 large-scale choral works including first performances of pieces by Roxanna Panufnik and James MacMillan. He has made 15 CD recordings and  conducted choirs on BBC Radios 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and the World Service, and worked as conductor and arranger for over 20 years on BBCTV’s Songs of Praise.

Kate Courage

Choral Workshop Lead and Accompanist

Kate has been running singing projects for many years, in her role as the Deputy Manager of Bristol Arts and Music Service, and Assistant Head of Wiltshire Music Service, and more recently for WEMA. She conducts four children’s choirs and accompanies two adult choirs, on top of her regular teaching in schools.

She has conducted massed choirs at Bristol Cathedral, Clifton Cathedral, Bristol Beacon, Glastonbury Classical Festival and at the Royal Albert Hall (twice!) She was a member of Howard Goodall’s Sing Tank, an advisory group to Sing Up in its infancy, and spoke at many conferences about engaging children in singing and is still a regular speaker at
conferences, delivering workshops on singing in schools and setting up and developing choirs. She is delighted to be joining Voices for Life.

Maria Garcia

Accompanist

Born in Spain, Maria has performed to critical acclaim in numerous concerts and solo recitals throughout Europe and the United States. As a soloist she has played with Murcia Symphony Orchestra, Trinity College of Music Orchestra and Bath Philharmonia. She has recorded for major television networks in Spain such as RTV, Radio Clasica and Canal 5. Maria studied for a post graduate diploma at Trinity College of Music, London and then went on to study in the USA where she completed the Artist Certificate at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas.

Maria was selected to represent Spain in the Steinway Piano Festival in Hamburg and has been invited to perform in concert and summer festivals such as the Fundacion Botin, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Winchester Cathedral lunchtime concert series. Performances include Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue in Bath Abbey, Schumann’s Piano Concerto with Gloucester Symphony Orchestra and Mozart’s Piano Concerto no.13 as a tour with Il Academia Orchestra in Spain. Maria holds a position as a Senior Lecturer in Piano and Performance at Bath Spa University and is the course leader for the MA Performance programme.

Francis Faux

 Composer, We are Every Child

A passionate educator, Francis held the post of associate lecturer and artistic director of the principal chorus and chamber choir at Bath Spa University for nearly ten years, during which time he inspired a whole generation of young singers and musicians, many of whom continue to sing under his baton. His two choirs, Lucis and Noctis, have quickly established a reputation for choral excellence, both here in the UK and internationally. ​Francis is also a member of the examiner panel for ABRSM and is an avid composer and arranger.

Matthew Redman

Workshop leader

Matthew is a busy freelance musician based in Wells. He is Organist and Director of Music at St John’s Glastonbury; in addition to his work with the choir, he oversees the busy concert schedule there. In demand as a teacher (piano, organ and music theory) and accompanist, Matthew is also an examiner for the Trinity exam board.

Liz Britton

Workshop leader and Accompanist

Liz has recently started work as a freelance musician working in and around Bristol and the southwest, after completing an MA (Distinction) in Medieval Musicology at the University of Bristol. Working primarily as a piano teacher for young children, Liz teaches with Preludes run by the Bristol Ensemble, and is an accompanist for St George’s Cosmos Children’s Choir. Liz also interns at Bristol Pre-Conservatoire, who work to coach 14-18 year olds into chamber music performance. She works as a soprano, singing regularly with the Fitzhardinge Consort, and other churches around Bristol. 

Oliver Chubb

Workshop Leader

Oliver studied Music at the University of Bristol, and has since been working as a freelance tenor, trumpet player and teacher.  Oliver enjoys an active career as a solo and chorus singer, both in the UK and abroad.  As an educator, he works for the Bristol Ensemble’s music outreach programme, Preludes, and he is music director of St. George’s Cosmos Children’s Choir.  He is also in demand as a session and solo trumpet player, and has played on national and regional radio broadcasts.  

Bristol Ensemble

Stardust Performances, Bath Abbey 2021 and 2022, Wiltshire Music Centre 2022, Wells Cathedral 2023

The Bristol Ensemble is the city’s only professional orchestra, comprising a core of 25 musicians and a further 50 musicians, all experienced players in a range of musical genres.

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Voices for Life bringing fantastic music experiences into the lives of children. The Bristol Ensemble are fully committed to enriching the artistic lives of children and their communities and we have been working now for over 12 years in disadvantaged areas in Bristol. Voices for Life is a brilliant way for us to further this work and together we are producing a high quality experience and life enhancing opportunities for hundreds of children. We are very excited by this partnership and fully support the Voices for Life vision.”

Roger Huckle, Director, The Bristol Ensemble