Harlow Chorus is very pleased to welcome Peter Broadbent as Acting Musical Director for our Summer Concert.
Peter Broadbent is the founder conductor of Joyful Company of Singers and one of Britain’s leading choral conductors. He has conducted the London Mozart Players, Divertimenti Chamber Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Southern Sinfonia, the Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra, Apollo Voices and the BBC Singers, broadcasting frequently on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. Engagements outside the UK include concerts with the Debrecen Philharmonic Orchestra & Kodály Chorus in Hungary, a broadcast with the National Chamber Choir in Dublin and a European tour with the World Youth Choir in 2006. He gives workshops and master classes throughout Europe, and was the first Director of Training for the Association of British Choral Directors. In 2007 he was presented with the Pro Cultura Hungarica Award by the Hungarian Ministry of Culture for his services to Anglo-Hungarian musical relations, and last year was presented with the Knight’s Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit.
Sue Graham Smith has worked for many years as a freelance piano accompanist and choir/vocal coach, enjoying a busy and varied career. For several years Sue was Music Director/Pianist to Opera Brava and she has been Music Director to two churches. From 1993-2003 Sue was Assistant Music Director/Pianist to Cantate Youth Choir, who were Sainsbury Children’s Choir of the Year 2000 and with whom she enjoyed playing for many concerts, tours and recordings.
Sue has been an Examiner for the Associated Board, coached opera at Trinity College of Music, played for international vocal group Cantabile, and worked with BBC Symphony Chorus, English National Opera, D’Oyly Carte, Kent Opera, as well as many other choirs and opera companies. She has played on national TV & radio, including Songs of Praise, Gloria Hunniford Show, and Maestro (for celebrity conductors), and accompanied choir tours to France, Italy, Rhodes, Sicily, Spain and South Africa. Sue has recorded (for Cala) a 2-piano version of Carmina Burana, and in 2009 she & some friends recorded a CD of her own religious choral music and worship songs.
Sue has also been Music Director of QC Chamber Choir, and for 20 years was Pianist to Hertfordshire Chorus. More recently she was appointed Singing for the Brain Leader with Alzheimer’s Society, running three local singing groups for people with dementia. Sue is also currently Pianist to both Harlow Chorus and Hertford Choral Society.