THE COMMITTEE

Chair - Maureen Howard

Secretary - Judith James

Music Librarian - Janice Robinson

Treasurer - Louise Watson

Publicity Officers - Judith James, Jill Pennell & Brenda Chidley

Springfield Junior Singers - Hollie Williams & Debbie Saunders



Honorary President - Dr Roy Sharma

Roy was raised in Rochdale, Lancashire and from the age of 10, went to Manchester Grammar School and then on to Queens' Cambridge and the Welsh National School of Medicine. He became a full time GP in Lydney in 1982 and stayed there until he retired in 2016. Since then he has worked as a "freelance" in surgeries and hospitals - which, he says, is great fun. His wife Julie introduced him to vocal music and his interest has continued. He says "It is a great privilege and pleasure to be involved with the Springfield Singers. I hope to get to as many of their performances that my schedule permits".

Roy - we will be pleased to see you.







Musical Director - Sarah Waycott

Sarah began her musical life with the flute but soon added the cello to her instruments and is now enjoying a varied career as a professional freelance musician.

Studying music at her local college, Sarah continued to read for a general music degree at Bath Spa University where she encompassed everything from classical to Jazz; Baroque flute and cello; the viol; and performed with the college orchestra and many diverse ensembles. Going on to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama she again specialised in performance, gaining her Postgraduate Diploma.

As an established freelancer, she has performed in the UK and overseas and enjoys the combination of teaching and performing. Among her most notable performances, Sarah has performed at St Martin in the Fields, for the Countess of Wessex, appeared in an advert for Sky Television and performed at the premiere of 'Pictures', a Thursday film production starring Andrea Corr and Neil Pearson.

Sarah regularly works as part of Tranquillo Duo with Hannah Mitchell - A flute and piano duo spanning all genres and bringing exciting twists to well known favourites, film music and new works. Tranquillo is an important part of Sarah's musical life see the website www.tranquillo.co.uk They perform across the UK and overseas for recitals, concerts, private and corporate functions, weddings, festivals and many other occasions. They focus on providing exciting and accessible music and although classically trained performers they like to add a certain hint of 'Classical Crossover' style to their performances. Tranquillo are also well known for supporting, performing and often premiering new works by composers and in 2010 they released their debut album which can be purchased from their website.

Through her varied career, Sarah has also found herself as the Musical Director of several choirs in her local area. Sarah is current Musical Director of Springfield Singers, a ladies choir, and the mixed community choir Forest Singers. Both perform regularly for charity, weddings and local events.

Sarah was a founder member of ELO Again as cellist for the popular tribute band and toured with them until early 2016.

A new collaboration in 2018 has evolved in the creation of Ex Animo, a flute and piano duo with pianist Yanna Zissiadou that specialises in 20th century music.

With harpist Jemima Philips, Duel, rework well known and popular music creating exciting programmes with the use of electronic effects and looping pedals.

Sarah has performed in workshops with Graham Meyger, Karen Jones, Ian Clarke, Phillipa Davies and she is currently studying with Susan Milan./p>








Accompanist - Richard Watson

Richard is a highly-accomplished and multi-talented pianist and drummer who has made a name for himself in a number of fields as a sought-after session musician, accompanist and composer. After studying English and Drama at Southampton University, Richard has for many years maintained a busy schedule as a musician alongside his work as an English teacher. He has worked as MD on countless shows, including Guys and Dolls, Chicago, Cabaret, Iolanthe and Camelot in Gloucester.

For over twenty years Richard has accompanied singers and instrumentalists in exams ranging from grade 1 up to Diploma standard. He has also acted as both repetiteur, musical director and choirmaster for many shows in musical theatre including: Cheltenham based Focus Theatre; the Gloucester Operatic and Dramatic Society; Dreamshed Theatre; Ross-on-Wye based Phoenix Singers and the Hereford Soul Choir.

As a performer he has played in many jazz and rock bands, including some time as keyboard player for tribute band Cheap Purple. Sadly, without long hair and a moustache, he looked nothing like Jon Lord!

Compositions include well over ten musicals for primary and secondary schools, including versions of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Terry Pratchett's Moving Pictures and Twelfth Night. For Cheltenham-based Beaufort Productions he has written the music for Peter Pan, Saint Dracula, Sparkle City and Venice Revisited. He has penned background music for many touring theatre productions and has written a suite of pieces for solo piano. Richard is the resident composer for the Rain or Shine Theatre Company and provides all the music for both their summer and winter shows.

Just over a year ago Richard formed Serrated Edge Theatre with singer Isabelle Paige as a way of showcasing his songwriting skills and her astonishing voice. Their show Behind the Blinds is a dramatic song cycle which strips bare the private lives of the neighbours in a typical suburban street in a combination of Victoria Wood , Fascinating Aida, Tim Minchin and Stilgoe and Skellern style musical numbers.