Hartford Methodist Church, Beach Road, Hartford, Cheshire, CW8 3AD
© Bostock Singers 2019
Alison Richards is the founder MD of the Bostock singers. She studied Music and English at Sheffield University (also obtaining her ALCM Performance Diploma) and then went on to gain an MA in Popular Music Studies at Liverpool University in 1993.
Coming from a family of teachers, Alison had been determined to never step foot in a classroom but then, aged 22, decided a PGCE would be a useful qualification to perhaps hold, and so she went back down south to Cambridge for yet further study. One year later and she knew that she had found her vocation teaching music, and headed back up to the North West for her first paid teaching post in Warrington.
Peter Drew - Over the past 40 years, Peter has enjoyed accompanying a variety of groups and soloists, both vocal and instrumental. He retired from the choir after we appeared at Capesthorne Hall in December 2017
Alison has now been Head of Music at Sir John Deane’s Sixth Form College in Northwich for the past fourteen years, where she has loved encouraging the musical and academic talents of the many students who have passed through, in addition to directing the choir, chamber choir, concert band and various chamber ensembles over the years. Highlights have included musically directing Les Miserables (winner of the local Rosebowl Award for Best Production), Jesus Christ Superstar, Cabaret and Chicago. Alison also enjoyed conducting the ‘Singing For Pleasure’ evening class at SJDs, gaining valuable experience of working with adults, and she was delighted when she was invited to conduct the newly formed Bostock Singers in September 2009. She stepped down as MD in July 2015.
Nicola Howbrigg has always had a passion for Music and began learning her first instrument at the age of 8. At age 16, she became a member of the Cheshire Youth Choir with whom she has performed in the Royal Albert Hall, competed in the Choir Olympics in Austria and taken part in performances at Disneyland Paris and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Nicola trained under the direction of Dr. Shirley Court, conductor of the Halle Children's Chorus and the highly acclaimed ladies choir 'The Chanterelles', winners of the Llangollen Eisteddod in 2010. In June 2013, Nicola passed her Diploma in Singing from the London College of Music with Distinction.
Nicola graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a BA Honours in Music Theatre in 2008. After finishing university, she spent her time working as a Vocal Animateur both independently and for Cheshire and Sefton music services. Currently, alongside her work as an Animateur, Nicola is a teacher at Oaklands School, Winsford; a school that caters for young people with Special Educational Needs. She is currently the musical director of both the Oaklands school choir and school chamber choir. In 2009, she became the Musical Director of the Winsford Education Partnership Staff Choir who in March 2015 won their category at the Wirral Music Festival. In January 2014, she established the Winsford Education Partnership Junior Choir both based in Winsford, Cheshire and in September 2015, Nicola became the choral director of The Bostock Singers, based in Hartford.
Nicola continues to sing and perform herself, both in Cheshire and further afield. In February 2014, Nicola was guest soloist for the Chester Male Voice Choir at a concert held in St Boniface' Church in Bunbury.
For more information about Nicola, please visit her website at: www.nicolahowbrigg.co.uk
Emily Peak - A student at St John Dean.s college, Emily has taken over accompanist duties from Peter Drew who has retired recently, and has accompanied excellently for the last year of concerts.