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

Helen is a trained primary teacher with over 20 years’ experience of working inn mainstream and private sector schools.

Singing and playing music has always been a big part of Helen’s life.  After getting involved with Brighton Vox in the early days, Helen soon realised that choir leading was definitely something she wanted to pursue, and shortly afterwards, in 2012, she began Songbirds Community Choir. Since then Helen has led many other interesting singing projects, from ‘team building’ singing sessions with local business, for example East Sussex Water Board, to to street party choirs and other community events.

 You might have seen Helen performing in  venues in Brighton recently as a singer in her Latino funk originals band,

Loop the moon:  Loop the moon

Helen also runs the local branch of Singing’s Cool – the after school singing school for young singers. (formerly Vocademy)

Singing’s Cool

Helen is a member of the Natural Voice Practitioners’ network she which promotes the belief that singing is everyone’s birthright. 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 and discover the joy of group harmony singing.

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

‘Helen is a great teacher, enthusiastic and motivating’ Robert, Brighton

 

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