Meet the team


KATIE BOGARU

Choir leader and director

Katie is a choral leader and primary music teacher with over 10 years of teaching experience.

Growing up in a Welsh household was the foundation of Katie’s singing career. Most of her early singing tuition took place on long car journeys where her mother would teach her and her sister to harmonize,  it soon became clear that she had picked up the Welsh ear for a tune. Katie’s love of performing branched out beyond the M6 and onto the stage and she eventually gained a degree in Acting and Musical Theatre from the GSA Conservatoire in Guildford.

It was after her degree whilst she was working as an actress/singer that Katie met Anna Tabbush, a successful folk musician who invited her to join her choir, Guildford Vox. Katie enjoyed singing with Guildford Vox for a number of years. It wasn’t until a slight calamity (Anna stuck in traffic) at a rather high profile performance; where she had to stand in at the last minute and conduct the 70 strong chorus, that she realised that choir leading might be the path for her.

In 2009 she moved to Brighton and set out to reignite one of Anna Tabbush’s old flames,  Brighton Vox. With help from a handful of devoted old members Katie re-opened Brighton Vox in September 2009 and Lewes Vox in 2011. Katie has also lead workshops at Evolution Arts in Brighton and at Singfest, Katie is a member of the Natural Voice Practitioners Network.

”Kate brings energy and positivity to her classes and knows how to bring out the best in even the most diverse group. Her clear instructional style, choice of material and original arrangements make her workshops not-to-be missed! ” Sarah Heasman

  HELEN BOWMANIMG_1047

Choir leader and Vocal Tutor

Singing and playing music has always been a big part of Helen’s life. From early classical music training, including up to grade 8 piano and singing in bands,  to playing the violin in  Oxfordshire County youth orchestra and various string quartets, Helen has always enjoyed singing, performing and playing instruments. 

 It wasn’t until a few years ago, after agreeing to run a session for Lewes Vox in Katie’s absence, that Helen realised choir leading was another exciting possibility. Shortly afterwards she began Songbirds Community Choir. Since then Helen has led many other interesting singing projects, from ‘team building’ in businesses to to street party choirs.

 You might have seen her performing in  venues in Brighton recently as a singer in various pop/funk/soul bands.

Helen has just launched her own branch of an after-school singing school for teenagers and young children in Worthing and in her spare time she works as a primary teacher.

Helen is a member of the Natural Voice Practitioners’ network and she firmly believes that everyone can and should sing! Her ambition is to help people, especially those who were told they couldn’t sing at school, to discover and free up their inner voice. 

Helen is working hard to continue to raise the profile of the choir locally and to perform in both the familiar venues and some new places too.

 ‘Helen’s relaxed and informal style make the sessions such fun that I feel frustrated when I have to miss a week’ Ann, HOVE

‘ We love the creative style of Helen’s teaching and she gets us all to sing out, even if we don’t feel confident at the start’  Josephine – BRIGHTON

 

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