Julie Bale
Musical Director for NCS from autumn 2017

Julie Bale

Julie has been a passionate advocate for teaching and making music for over twenty five years working firstly as a peripatetic singing teacher in both state and independent schools in Harrow and Hertfordshire as well as running her own private practice in Oxhey Village. She is the Resident Vocal Coach for the prestigious London Oriana Choir, Choral Director of North Middlesex Federation TG Choir and the leader of Harrow Choral Society's 'Singing for Starters' programme.

She has enjoyed a long and successful career as a professional soprano in both opera and oratorio and has performed the vast majority of the great choral works both as a soloist and chorister.

Julie is an associate of the Royal College of Music. She studied singing with Elizabeth Robson after gaining her first degree in Music/German from Oxford Brookes University. She also gained a PGCE from Goldsmith's College, University of London. After graduating she studied singing and vocal pedagogy with the eminent vocal specialist Janice Chapman and with Dame Josephine Barstow. She currently teaches advanced singers and, as Resident Vocal Coach for the London Oriana Choir, she works on the music staff teaching individual lessons, giving workshops and master classes and being on the audition and vocal assessment panel.

Julie believes strongly in lifelong learning. She studies conducting and choral direction with Manvinder Rattan at 'Sing For Pleasure' where she is a member of their conductors' community and with Amy Bebbington, chief trainer of the Association of British Choral Directors. She cites her main aims as a choral director to be threefold: the singers must have fun, together they must aim for the best musical experience possible, and progress must be made. Julie's work as a choir leader focuses on helping choirs develop the vocal technique necessary for choral singing as well as learning how to sing well together, interpret the music, tell the story and (very high on the agenda) have fun!