The Singers

We love to sing, but that's not all...

 

Find out more about those of us that make up Corra Sound and read about our unique musical journeys as musicians, super mums, professionals and more below:

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Lynda Benn

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!  

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Rae Evans

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!”

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Amy Bebbington

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!

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Catherine Beddison

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.

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Cindy Frostick

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 in the fundraising sector, 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

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Camilla Jeppeson

Camilla maintains a busy schedule as a professional singer, a vocal animateur, a teacher of voice and piano, a choral leader and an accompanist. She is an advocate of young musicians and has a passion for sharing the joy of music. Working with Grange Park Opera’s vocal outreach project, Primary Robins, Camilla provides weekly singing workshops to schools that have little exposure to music. Also passionate about vocal health, Camilla has recently qualified as a Vocal Health First Aider. 

 

After studying as a pianist, Camilla went on to train in London as a classical singer. She has gone on to sing all across Europe, including roles at opera houses in Italy, France, Sardinia and venues closer to home such as The Ritz, Royal Albert Hall and Westminster Abbey.

 

Female composers have always been a a topic close to Camilla’s heart - her final degree recital consisted entirely of music composed by women. It is such a pleasure to be able to perform and celebrate more music written by and for women.

 

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Caroline Page

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! 

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Caroline Pearce

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. Caroline says that the repertoire and camaraderie of Corra Sound is a wonderful "wake-up call" which literally "makes her heart sing".

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Joanna Sleight

Joanna inherited a love of singing from her mother, and grew up singing around the piano with her sisters. After focussing on Musical Theatre and opera as a teen, she won a choral scholarship to Trinity College, Cambridge, and studied Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, followed by Opera and Musical Theatre studies with English National Opera Baylis.

 

Joanna particularly loves recording projects and features on the soundtrack of various films, TV and theatre productions. She has worked with the experimental theatre company Experience Vocal Dance, combining contemporary dance with opera and has been fortunate to premiere many new works by contemporary composers.  Joanna has recently started seeking out underperformed song repertoire written by women, and is so excited to be working with Corra Sound on a similar celebration of women’s choral works. 

 

Joanna also writes music herself and is currently working on her second song cycle. When she is not singing or producing music videos, she teaches the Alexander Technique and is a taxi-driver to her two children!

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Sarah Stroh

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. 

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Clare Wheeler

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.

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Anna Tabbush

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.

 

She currently plays fiddle and sings with French dance bands MoltenAmba and Meridian, in a Swedish fiddle/song duet with Rowan Piggott and in her own right as a singer-songwriter.

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Alice Wratten

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.

 

She currently plays fiddle and sings with French dance bands MoltenAmba and Meridian, in a Swedish fiddle/song duet with Rowan Piggott and in her own right as a singer-songwriter.