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BEVERLEY LOCKYER recently sang solo in Elgar’s Spirit of England with Halstead Choral Society and Mozart’s Requiem with Lexden Choral Society.  She has enjoyed a varied career covering the majority of choral works as a soloist including Poulenc Gloria, Stella Natalis, Elijah, Schubert Mass in G, Brahms Requiem, Beethoven Mass in C, Rutter Mass for the Children and Gloria, Vivaldi Gloria, Handel Dixit Dominus and many more.  Personal highlights include singing Mahler’s 4th Symphony with CUMS and The Passion of Mary by Howard Blake with Lexden Choral Society.

Beverley gained her Degree in Music from the Colchester Institute and has studied singing with Angela Bostock and Roderick Earle since 2000.  She started lessons with soprano, Catherine May in 2011.  She has a Diploma in Opera Performance from Birkbeck College, London and took part in English National Opera’s course, The Knack run by Mary King.  Beverley recently performed Belinda in Dido and Aeneas at Long Melford in September & Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music at Chelmsford Cathedral in October. 

Forthcoming concerts include Faure’s Requiem for Braintree Choral Society and Schubert’s Mass in G for Halstead Choral Society in March 2015.

From the early age of 6, ANDY HEARD showed a flair for Brass playing; starting off as a cornet player in many local brass bands and orchestras including Colchester Silver Band, Halstead Orchestra and KES Concert Brass.  He has performed at the Albert Hall and extensively throughout Essex and the Home Counties.  He won many competitions for his solo and ensemble Cornet playing and later took up the French Horn which he played in the Army.

Andy recently graduated from the Colchester Institute with a 2:1 in Music specialising in composition and performance.  He studies singing with Catherine May.   He has also sung solos with Lexden Choral Society directed by Sarah Blake in Beethoven's Choral Fantasia and Handel's My Heart is Inditing & Messiah and with Aurora Voices in concert versions of Handel’s Semele and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.  He recently sang Earl of Essex in Merrie England for Maldon Choral Society & performed the baritone solo in Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs with Aurora Consort in October. Concerts include a busy recital schedule and singing solo for  Handel’s Messiah.


KAREN EMMS has a degree in music from the Colchester Institute, is a qualified classroom Music teacher and is currently working for Essex Music Services as a peripatetic teacher of singing, piano & oboe. She performs in various ensembles and at many venues.  Past ensembles include being principal oboist for the Colne Philharmonic Orchestra and Colchester Institute Symphonic Wind Band.  Karen has performed at Canary Wharf with her Quartet.  She has sung solos with Essex Young Singers, Lexden Choral Society and Aurora Voices.  She has also taken part in various broadcasts and recordings. Karen shares her passion for music in all forms and as well as teaching, she also directs, conducts and performs. Recent performances have included singing solo soprano with Essex Youth Symphonic Wind Orchestra in Angels in the Architecture, touring with Essex Young Singers to Liverpool and Winchester Cathedrals.  She sang the role of Papagena for Suffolk Opera's production of The Magic Flute directed by Glyn Paul and performed as 1st Witch in Dido and Aeneas with the Aurora Consort at Long Melford. 2015 Upcoming performances include the recital “Aurora Operetta” at the Cramphorn Theatre and Handel’s Messiah in May.