Harlow Chorus is very pleased to welcome Sarah Tenant-Flowers as Acting Musical Director for our Spring Concert.
Sarah studied music at Oxford and Durham Universities and conducting with Sir Charles Groves, Peter Erdei (Liszt Academy), Laszlo Heltay and Alan Hazeldine (Guildhall). She has directed a versatile array of professional and amateur ensembles both in the UK and abroad including the Hilliard Ensemble, National Chamber Choir of Ireland, Cape Town Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, the Kantorei der Friedenskirche of Düsseldorf, English Baroque Choir, Reading Bach Choir, Granada International Festival Choir, Harlow Chorus and, as General Manager, The Sixteen. Sarah is currently artistic director of professional vocal ensembles Singscape and Papagena, director of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Chamber Choir, guest chorusmaster for the BBC Symphony Chorus, Harlow Chorus and Vox Cantab, director of chamber choirs Encoro and NC3, and Associate Music Director of the Brandenburg Sinfonia. In addition she directs numerous community and school choir projects and adjudicates at choral festivals worldwide. In huge demand as a teacher, Sarah is currently Head of Choral Conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, teaches regularly for Sing for Pleasure and for the Association of British Choral Directors, which she co-founded, and featured as conducting mentor to actor and comedian Bradley Walsh on BBC2’s popular TV series ‘Maestro’. Forthcoming projects include working as conductor in residence at ChoirFest Middle East in Dubai, performances of Bach cantatas with NC3 and Russian Orthodox music with the RWCMD Chamber Choir in Llandaff Cathedral, and a recording and nationwide performances with Papagena. www.tenantflowers.co.uk
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.