We love to sing, but that's not all...
Find out more about the singers that make up Corra Sound and read about our unique musical journeys as musicians, super mums, professionals and more below:
Rae grew up in a family of musicians, where singing was always at the core. She completed her master’s in contemporary vocal performance in Manchester and spent ten years there honing her songwriting and performance.
Since then, music has taken her all over the world; performing roles such as Carmen in France, her own songs and shows on the stage in New York and touring all over Europe and the UK.
As a composer and songwriter, singing music by other women has a particular resonance for Rae. “It’s important that the creative voice of women is shared and celebrated,” she says. “I love the music that Amy brings to our choir, opening my ears to new composers!”
Having sung with her local parish choir, where her dad was organist, from the age of 8, Liz went on to perform with many professional choirs over the years. Developing a love for solo singing, Liz went on to train at the Royal Opera House and has since performed as a soloist in some of the world’s most prestigious venues.
While she still enjoys solo work, Liz’s true passion remains in choral singing. “Corra Sound gives me the pleasure of performing beautiful, female-composed works that I just haven’t encountered anywhere else,” she says.
Liz lives in Guildford, and works part-time for an education charity, where she is a champion of all things Mental Health: she runs a staff choir there, and supports the Mental Health First Aid, Personal Development Coaching, and Wellbeing teams.
As founder and director of Corra Sound, Amy is a passionate advocate for choral singing and conductor training, and is sought after for her engaging teaching style and wealth of choral pedagogical experience. After achieving her master’s degree in piano performance, she combined her love of singing, leadership and movement by gaining a doctorate in choral conducting (in America).
Now, Amy is the director of training for the Association of British Choral Directors, co-founder of the London International Choral Conducting Competition and co-creator of Wavelength, an organisation designed to champion, educate, nurture and support women in choral leadership.
Amy works at the Royal Academy of Music, is a published composer, and in great demand as a choral clinician, teacher trainer, adjudicator and mentor. When not conducting, Amy can often be found walking in the woods, dancing, rowing or cycling!
An expert in music education and performance, Catherine is renowned for delivering high standards, while enthusing children and encouraging them to fully develop their musical skills. She is Deputy Head (Operational) at Cranleigh School, championing the creative arts subjects, and teaches within the ‘Cranleigh Music 7-18’ Music Department. Catherine is also a trustee for Sing for Pleasure; a choral charity with a mission of inspiring better singing across the country.
With a multitude of skills under her belt, Catherine also works as a freelance conductor, adjudicator, consultant, lecturer and singer, presenting at the MMA Conference, the Leith Hill Music Festival and the Music Education Expo. She has conducted the Harlequin Chamber Choir, Cranleigh Prep School Chamber Choir, Farnham Youth Training Choir and Cranleigh Choral Society, also serving as a senior conducting tutor for Sing for Pleasure.
Having trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as a classical soprano, Lynda went on to study opera at the Advanced Performers’ Studio in Hammersmith. She is the founder of Big Bang Music and More, a studio dedicated to bringing high quality arts education to all. Lynda enjoys a busy life in Carshalton, Surrey, where she teaches voice, piano, and musicianship.
Delighted to be part of the wonderful Corra Sound, Lynda is determined to explore the world of female composers alongside such talented and imaginative ladies. Singing has always been a source of great joy and she is looking forward to further adventures as she dips her toe back in after a break rearing her two little children!
Esther has loved to sing from a young age when she was a founding Girl Chorister of Wells Cathedral. She has since had the opportunity to sing with several ensembles and choirs both in the UK and in New York, where she was based for three years.
Singing with Mosaic Chamber Choir and Voce Piena, an 8-voice group based in Guildford, Esther is thrilled to be part of Corra Sound and its mission to promote the wealth of beautiful and challenging music written by women for women.
Esther is a piano teacher and vocal coach and also runs a successful celebration cake business, The Goldfinch Kitchen. She and her husband live in Horsell with their two boys. They too love to sing!
Growing up in a family of keen singers, Cindy learned to sing long before she could talk. She took up the violin at the age of four, the flute and bassoon a few years later, but it was singing that captured her heart.
She now juggles work and family life while singing in a range of choral groups, not least Corra Sound. Cindy is particularly passionate about the positive influence of music on children, the elderly and vulnerable.
Despite a career in communications, she would rather sing than speak and, much to the embarrassment of her three boys, is highly likely to do so whenever their friends drop round.
Cindy is a keen runner and blogs about her attempts at plastic-free living at www.noecowarrior.com
Caroline’s love of music surfaced when she demanded piano and violin lessons at age 4. She performed Mendelssohn’s first piano concerto at 14 and Kabalevsky’s violin concerto at 17 and she knew that she wanted to be a professional musician. As a first-year music student at Christ’s College, Cambridge University, Caroline auditioned for the Chapel Choir. She was awarded a choral scholarship and hasn’t stopped singing since!
On graduating, Caroline turned down her places at Music College and went to University College, Durham University to obtain her MA in Musicology. She then trained and qualified as a solicitor and specialised in corporate tax law at a leading global law firm. That 14-year “distraction” in law over, Caroline is now in demand as a collaborative pianist working with children and professionals, instrumentalists, singers and choirs.
Singing is one of the great pleasures in Caroline’s life and singing with Corra Sound always leaves her wanting more!
As a child, Caroline corralled her brothers and friends into performing concerts in the garden, inviting the neighbours to come and listen… for a small entrance fee! She became known as the ‘girl drummer’ of these amateur shows.
With a degree in music and following a career in HR, she continued to be a musical director for local productions. Having now returned to music full time, Caroline teaches the piano and leads choirs in SEN schools. She was recently appointed by Surrey Arts to run the county SEND choir ‘Just So Singers’.
She relishes the opportunity to encourage those who say they ‘cannot sing’ to experience the satisfaction of discovering that they can. Having not sung in a choir herself for many years Caroline says that Corra Sound is a wonderful "wake-up call" to returning to that which literally "makes her heart sing".
Sarah always loved to put on a show as a child and couldn’t wait for Grandma’s piano to come out so she could get to play! Eventually, lessons began and Sarah’s love for music took flight. A pianist and flautist, it was as a singer that Sarah really found her feet. After gaining a First in music from Hull University, she was awarded a place at the Royal Academy of Music to study classical singing. She now fills her time teaching singing, directing choirs and running music classes for pre-schoolers.
Whether it’s seeing a baby’s face light up when hearing a live instrument for the first time, or singing to a crowd of 5,000 on the Royal Albert Hall stage, Sarah’s passion is the same: to connect and communicate with the audience, to bring them the joy of the moment through music.
Mum to Clara, Sarah enjoys hanging out with friends and family, walking in the nearby Chilterns, preferably with a pub lunch en route.
Having grown up in a family of folk musicians, Anna started playing fiddle with her family ceilidh band at the age of 15. She studied soprano voice to degree level and gained a degree in Music & Technology from Kingston University, feeding her fascination of traditional music from around the world.
Anna makes her living as a community choir conductor, composer, choral arranger, singer and multi-instrumentalist, also performing in a number of folk bands. Having set up more than 20 community choirs, she runs several choirs across West Sussex and Surrey and coordinates the events SingFest and Spring Sing. She believes passionately that everyone has a birthright to sing and has made it her mission to get people singing their hearts out.
Clare has always loved making music, especially when it comes to singing. Growing up in East Africa, she sang in church gospel choirs and theatre productions, before studying at Chethams School of Music where she trained as a violinist and also studied classical voice.
She went on to study jazz composition, jazz and classical voice at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Her singing career has brought her everywhere from La Scala and The Royal Albert Hall to Ronnie Scott’s, and her teaching includes vocal coach and arranger on BBC One’s Pitch Battle Show, to professor of vocal jazz at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
In 2007, Clare started singing with the internationally renowned a cappella group The Swingle Singers, only recently leaving the group to pursue her own career as a singer and composer. She feels that there is something special about the way women write music and approach creativity, and is enthused to be part of a group that is dedicated to exploring and celebrating this further.
A keen singer from the outset, Alice joined her local children’s choir at the age of 10, before singing with the Hampshire County Youth Choir and the National Youth Choir. While taking a social sciences degree, she took up private singing lessons and continued her studies with a post-graduate certificate in vocal performance in Birmingham, while singing with Ex Cathedra. This led on to a year at the Kodály Institute in Hungary, where she studied vocal pedagogy. Alice is also an accomplished conductor.
Now Alice works as a singing teacher in her home county of Hampshire, where she lives with her two young children. She is delighted to be singing choral music again and to have been invited to join the "generous and talented group of women” in Corra Sound.