SpectrumSingers

Precious tones & polished performances

SOPRANOS

Suzanne Jones

1st Soprano

Day job Business manager

Aspires to sound like Aled Jones ... as a boy soprano, obviously.

Choral highlight Singing choral evensong at St Paul's Cathedral; the acoustic is unrivalled.

Random fact I've sung backing vocals in a band with Adele's granny...

Favourite Spectrum piece Howells'

'A Spotless Rose' never fails to send tingles down my spine!

Janis Pringle

1st Soprano

Day job Retired college lecturer

Aspires to sound like Joan Sutherland

Choral highlight Singing Darke's 'In the Bleak Midwinter' with trebles in a candlelit church. Sublime.

Random fact I once visited Lehar's house outside Salzburg and played the first few notes of 'The Merry Widow Waltz' at the piano where he did his composing. I got so excited I nearly fell off his piano stool.

Favourite Spectrum piece 'Jingle Bells' as the choir sing it really well.

Emily Scaglioni

2nd Soprano

Day job Music teacher

Aspires to sound like Eva Cassidy

Choral highlight Being the conductor of a delightfully enthusiastic junior choir in Manchester.

Random fact I was the founder and leader of a Ukulele Society at York University for two years.

Favourite Spectrum piece 'Song of the Dawn' from the 1930s' film King of Jazz.

Mary Bidnell

2nd Soprano

Day job Reiki therapist. Retired counsellor

Aspires to sound like Joan Baez

Choral highlight I loved singing in Karl Jenkins' 'The Armed Man'.

Random fact I have 10 grandchildren to keep me busy.

Favourite Spectrum piece 'Top of the World', from when the choir first started, but I love all the pieces and could name a dozen more.

Sally Lacey

2nd Soprano

Day job Radiographer

Aspires to sound like Ella Fitzgerald

Choral highlight Hearing our voices ringing in the fabulous acoustic of Bath Abbey.

Random fact I once x-rayed the Chief of Police & Customs in the Sultanate of Oman.

Favourite Spectrum piece Probably 'Daydream Believer' as I was a big fan of The Monkees when I was a kid.

ALTOS

Helen Turner

1st Alto

Day job HM Inspector of Health and Safety

Aspires to sound like Katherine Jenkins

Choral highlight Allegri's 'Miserere'. I've never had the opportunity to sing it, but I've always wanted to.

Random fact I have performed with Hinge and Bracket at the Wimbledon Theatre.

Favourite Spectrum piece 'The Bare Necessities' is just such fun to sing!

Shelagh Greenland

1st Alto

Day job RNLI fundraiser. Retired teacher of the deaf
Aspires to sound like Kathleen Ferrier
Choral highlight Singing evensong in Tewkesbury Abbey.

Random fact I played Queen Eleanor giving birth to Edward, first Prince of Wales, while 9 months pregnant. The large bump was still there after the recording; fortunately it was BBC radio!

Favourite Spectrum piece I enjoy most of the music; there are just a few I'd rather send to Room 101!


Jo Wiltshire

2nd Alto

Day job Staff Nurse, Velindre Cancer Centre

Aspires to sound like Anyone who sings in tune!

Choral highlight Stanwell School's 2012 production of Phantom of the Opera, the UK's amateur premiere.

Random fact As a child I performed in the Albert Hall with The Womens' League of Health and Beauty.

Favourite Spectrum piece 'A Clare Benediction'.

Mandy Sturman

2nd Alto

Day job  Education Adviser

Aspires to sound like  Dame Janet Baker

Choral highlight  Getting up close and personal with Willard White during Beethoven 9.

Random fact  I have a cannon in my garage...

Favourite Spectrum piece  I'm enjoying the challenge of Runestad's 'I Will Lift Mine Eyes'.

TENORS

Glynis Parsons

1st Tenor

Day job Retired specialist tutor

Aspires to sound like Celine Dion

Choral highlight Singing on BBC's 'Songs of Praise' with 1,000 other voices to celebrate 50 years of the programme.

Random fact My grandfather William Henry Price founded Aston Villa FC.

Favourite Spectrum piece 'And So It Goes'. It has such beautiful harmonies and poignant lyrics.

Ben Gait

1st Tenor

Day job Composer/Local Authority Officer

Aspires to sound like 

Scott Walker

Choral highlight 

Playing first horn in a performance of Elgar's 'Dream of Gerontius'.

Random fact I own roughly 50 Miles Davis albums.

Favourite Spectrum piece 'Clew Ein Llef'.

George Speed

2nd Tenor

Day job Bus driver

Aspires to sound like Any proper tenor, preferably a Welsh one! (I'm Scottish.)

Choral highlight Singing in St Davids' Praise at St David's Hall with Cambrensis choir and orchestra.

Random fact I've played the organ in Westminster Abbey (very loudly!).

Favourite Spectrum piece 'Christmas Medley' and any Swingle-style arrangements of Bach and Handel.

BASSES

David Bacon

1st Bass

Voice Bass (first)

Day job Retired Deputy Director, Welsh Government

Aspires to sound like Elvis Presley

Choral highlight The first time I saw Mozart's 'Magic Flute' was incredible; it made my spine tingle!

Random fact I partnered the King of Lesotho in a tennis doubles match in the 1970s...

Favourite Spectrum piece The melodic, slower ones (because I can sing them!) especially 'Ave Verum' by Saint Saens.

Carsten Muller

2nd Bass

Day job Researcher and lecturer, University of Cardiff

Aspires to sound like Ivan Rebroff

Choral highlight Performing 'Carmina Burana' with Cardiff University Choir and Orchestra in St David’s Hall, 1996.

Random fact I steered a 45m merchant vessel through Kiel canal aged 17.

Favourite Spectrum piece

One of my favourites is 'Pokarekare', the harmonic equivalent of strawberries and cream...


Chris Stent

2nd Bass

Day job Retired

Aspires to sound like James 'Pookie' Hudson

Choral highlight Hearing Voces8 performing live in concert.

Random fact I'm trying to learn to play the ukulele.

Favourite Spectrum piece 'The Bare Necessities' because Baloo is so laid back, yeah!