Jill Neenan is the choir’s Musical Director. She graduated from the University of Warwick with a BA Honours degree in Music and Drama and, following this, she went on to study advanced vocal technique with Annette Thompson at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Jill has experience in a variety of musical genres, including classical, musical theatre, opera and pantomime. She has performed as a Principal Soloist at the London Palladium and, as a soprano, has taken a number of leading roles in musical theatre, including: ‘Maria’ in West Side Story, ‘Jenny Lind’ in Barnum and ‘Mabel’ in The Pirates of Penzance. Jill also performed at the Schönbruun Palace in Vienna as part of her international Christmas tour. She also regularly performs at weddings, christenings and funerals, along with engagements at charity events, concerts, oratorios and numerous corporate events throughout the UK. In addition to her solo career, Jill has trained and conducted prize-winning choirs of all ages; these have ranged from small madrigal and close-harmony ensembles, to mass choirs of over 400 singers. For more than 20 years, Jill has taught piano, flute, theory, singing and musical theatre, up to Diploma level. Jill also composes music for voice and piano and has very recently toured Ifs, Buts & Babies – a two woman show – with co-writer Avelia Moisey.
Wendy Lambros is the choir’s accompanist. Having started piano and cello lessons at the age of 6 and 7 respectively, Wendy gained a place at the Purcell School of Music, aged 12. On becoming a double bass player she soon earned a place in the National Youth Orchestra and went on to graduate from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. During her formative years, she had the opportunity to play under world class conductors and in major concert venues around Europe, including playing for the “Proms”.
After a further year studying ‘Composition for Film’ at The London College of Music, she began teaching and working around the London area. As a young pianist she used to play in an all female Jazz quartet and made extra cash playing in hotels and restaurants around central London. Later, she formed a wedding quartet in which she played cello in beautiful locations such as Luton Hoo, Highclere Castle and Stowe School to name but a few. Having four young children put a stop to that for a while(!), but now they are older, she plays again with other local musicians for fun and is secretary to a show band called ‘Not Strictly Brass’ in which she plays piano and euphonium and arranges music for the band.
Teaching has always been Wendy’s first love and she has worked in this guise for over 25 years, teaching from home, in private schools and for several local authorities, her duties including directing several groups and producing educational arrangements for them. Whilst she no longer plays the double bass, she still teaches the instrument, along with the cello and the piano, both privately and at Milton Keynes Preparatory School. Despite her teaching and being a busy mum of four, Wendy also finds time to accompany two choirs: the Drayton Parslow Singers with whom she has been accompanist for five years and The Wing Singers.