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Hayfield Singers appoint award winning Musical Director

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Lindy Tennent-Brown

High Peak based choir, Hayfield Singers, has appointed an award-winning pianist as its new Musical Director.

Professional musician, Lindy Tennent-Brown took up the position last September and, having led the group for its hugely successful Christmas Concert, is now working hard on rehearsals for the Easter Concert at St Matthew’s Church, Hayfield, on April 9 at 7.30pm.

Lindy, who was brought up in New Zealand, moved to the UK several years ago to complete her postgraduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. She then moved to London where she held a junior fellowship at the Royal College of Music before pursuing a career as a concerto soloist and recitalist throughout the UK, Europe and the Americas.

She has worked with some of the biggest names in music including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, English National Opera, Scottish Opera and Glyndbourne.

Her interest in a wide range of music has also seen her working on rehearsals and productions for more than 20 West End shows including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera. She has also been involved in a brand new show, The Red Shoes, at Sadler’s Wells ballet company.

She  works with pianist James Longford as one half of the prize-winning longfordbrown piano duo and offers her services as a pianist and vocal coach for entrance auditions, singing lessons and private teaching sessions.

She explained: “I started playing the piano by ear at home in New Zealand at the age of three. Both my grandmothers played, one as a church organist and the other as a honky tonk pianist, so music was in the family, but I did resist learning to read music for a few years.

“I then started proper lessons and carried on from there. I also played trombone in a national symphonic band and the New Zealand Royal Airforce band which were paid positions.

“A career in music was not really a viable option in New Zealand at that time so I planned to train as a doctor but one of my teachers encouraged me to apply for piano performance courses in the UK, and I was then offered a place,” she added.

A successful career in London followed but Lindy was keen to escape from the city and moved to the High Peak town of Glossop last year.

She is now working on a number of freelance projects, as well as her position with the Hayfield Singers where she has really enjoyed getting to know the choir’s 60 members.

“It is a really great group of people. They are warm and friendly and also very competent as they have  been extremely well-trained. Most of them can read music and it is a privilege to work with them and help them progress,” she said.

The choir is currently recruiting new members, particularly tenor and bass voices. Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings at St Matthew’s Parish Church in Hayfield and anyone interested in joining should contact the chairman, Dave Dunford, on 01663 747574 or go along at 7.45pm on any Tuesday. No auditions required.