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!

Previous Musical Directors: Pat Salisbury 73-76, Glyn Martin 76-02, Stephen Hope 01-14, David Vinden autumn 14, Theo Vinden 15-16, Mark Biggins 16-17

David Smith
Accompanist for NCS from autumn 2006

David Smith

David Smith completed a Postgraduate Diploma in piano accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with Michael Dussek and Vanessa Latarche. After graduating with distinction he was awarded the Shinn Junior Fellowship.

His many competition successes include reaching the final of the Birmingham Accompanist of the Year, the Vivian Langrish Accompanist Prize, the Christian Carpenter Prize and the Michael Head and Bliss Prizes.

He is in great demand as a partner of many young leading singers and instrumentalists, and has performed in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, St John's Smith Square and the Bath Pump Rooms.

His versatility has led him to work as an orchestral pianist with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, a répétiteur with Holland Park Opera and rehearsal pianist with the BBC Symphony Chorus and London Oriana Choir.

Committee members and patrons

President: The Rt. Hon. The Lord Dyson
Chairman: James Went
Secretary: Graham Wheeler
Treasurer: Angela Conradi
Librarian: Ina Mann
Committee members:
Jane Connell, Carol Went
Mr Richard & Mrs Angela Conradi
Lady Jacqueline Dyson
Mrs Wendy Fray
Mrs Jane Greig
Mrs Joy Groves

Mr Peter Mann
Mr Glyn Martin
Mr Christopher Rogers
Mrs Julie Shelton
Mr Jim Spears