Musical Team


Sophie Pascall

Musical Director

conductor Sophie Pascall was born and bred in Beeston, and has 2 young children, Esme and Otto. She studied at the Junior Department of The Royal College of Music, Leeds University & Hommerton College Cambridge. Passionate about choral singing, Sophie has conducted choirs in many major venues, including The Millenium Dome, The Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Leicester DeMontfort Hall, Leicester Cathedral and Southwell Minster. Her choirs have included: The Leicestershire Youth Choir, The Leicestershire Junior Choir, The Chanterelders, The DeMontfort University Choir, Leeds University Chorus and many massed children's choirs from schools in Leicestershire. Sophie works for the Leicestershire Schools Music Service where she was the Advisory Teacher for Music, then Head of Voice & Choirs. Currently, she is Strategy Development Manager.

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Accompanist

Chris Foster's musical career began in earnest as a treble with the choir of St Thomas the Apostle, Leicester, with whom he performed, and later conducted, in most of the country's great cathedrals. Whilst also studying the piano, clarinet and percussion, he performed in national concert and big band finals, had compositions performed in Leicester and at London's Southbank Centre, and conducted the Leicester Phoenix Youth Chorale. During his Music degree at the University of Nottingham, Chris conducted the University Philharmonia, University Choir, and Viva Voce, also accompanying ensembles and solo recitals. He has performed with a wide range of artists, from The Orlando Consort to Tina May, and has had compositions performed by the Allegri Quartet, amongst others.

A choral scholarship at Nottingham Cathedral under the legendary Neil Page enabled him to tour the Far East and much of Europe, conducting the choir on tour to Germany and Italy as Music Associate. His solo performances as a tenor include Schütz's St John and St Matthew Passions (Evangelist), Handel's Messiah and Haydn's The Creation. Teaching training led him to Bourne Grammar School in Lincolnshire, where he became a deputy Lay Clerk at Peterborough Cathedral, and then on to The Leys School, Cambridge, where he conducted several ensembles, coached various rugby teams, and was a boarding tutor. He is now Head of Academic Music at Trent College, Long Eaton, is founder-director of Mercia Chorale, accompanies the Wollaton Singers, and maintains a busy accompanying and choral singing schedule.

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Chris Foster