Precious tones & polished performances


Suzanne Jones

1st Soprano

Day job Business manager

Aspires to sound like Elin Manahan Thomas

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 Pearsall's 

'Lay a Garland' never fails to send tingles down my spine!

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.

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.


Helen Turner

1st Alto

Day job HM Inspector of Health and Safety

Aspires to sound like Katherine Jenkins

Choral highlight Being in the visiting choir at Chester Cathedral for a week. Sleep, sing, repeat: bliss.

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

Favourite Spectrum piece 'Northern Lights' by Ola Gjeilo. At last, a composer who likes altos!

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!

Mandy Webb

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'.


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.

George Speed

1st 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.

Chris Holmquist

2nd Tenor

Day job Adoption social worker

Aspires to sound like Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (I wish!)

Choral highlight Singing in the first performance of a new reconstruction of Bach's St Mark Passion on Good Friday 2016.

Random fact My great grandfather emigrated from Sweden to America in 1840 and died in 1943, aged 103, having received a letter from Franklin Delano Roosevelt on his 100th birthday.

Favourite Spectrum piece 'Blue Moon' by Rodgers and Hart, because I'm an old romantic.


Benjamin Gait

2nd Tenor/Baritone

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'.


David Bacon


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


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


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!