Chair - Maureen Howard
Secretary - Judith James
Music Librarian - Janice Robinson
Treasurer - Louise Watson
Publicity Officers - Judith James, Jill Pennell & Brenda Chidley
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 viola; 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.
Tranquillo is an important part of Sarah's musical life and you can find a page dedicated to the Duo on this website. 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. (by following the link on the Tranquillo page)
Through her varied career, Sarah has also found herself as the Musical Director of two choirs in her local area. The Drybrook and District Male Voice choir and The Springfield Singers, a ladies choir, both perform regularly for charity, weddings and local events.
Since January 2012 Sarah has been the cellist for popular tribute band 'ELO Again' who can be found at their website www.eloagain.co.uk
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.