Born in Warwickshire into a very musical family, Judith became a music student studying voice and piano at the Royal College of Music, London and the Birmingham Conservatoire. Studies continued in Berlin before returning to England. As soprano soloist Judith performed most of the oratorio repertoire as well as giving recitals. In 1987 she joined Opera Exchange, a group of semi-professional singers performing grand opera in Oxfordshire, later moving on to become MD/Director of the company and other opera groups and choirs in the area, teaching voice and coaching for opera workshops and summer schools.
Following retirement Judith became accompanist for WMVC and also formed the Didcot Divas ladies choir raising funds for charity. Directing singers and choirs is such a rewarding experience for Judith. To be back with WMVC as their MD, working in partnership with Lorraine and the gentlemen of the choir is a real privilege.
Lorraine Chapman, BA(Hons) CT ABRSM, DipABRSM.
Lorraine joined the Wantage Male Voice Choir as accompanist in August 2008. Her passions are music, swimming and cycling, (and male voice choirs!!) and in November 2011 she gained her Master’s Degree in Music at Oxford Brookes University, following that up, in December 2011, with her black belt in Karate. Busy also with family and a very full schedule teaching piano and flute, Lorraine says that she adores working with the Wantage boys and thanks them for letting her play for them!!
The Music Team is completed by Phil Pepler and Nick Portsmouth.