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Marlow Community Choir at Borlase 

Meet The Choir

If you are new to the choir and are not sure who is who, you have come to the right place.

Gillian Dibden MBE Conductor and Musical Director
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Gillian is Academic Executive for the Montgomery-Holloway Music Trust, and consultant in vocal studies to Slough Music Service. She also directs Borlase Community Choir and welcomes new members of any age and experience to join this choir, which rehearses on Wednesday evenings.

Gillian studied piano and cello at the Yoyal College of Music and then spent many years teaching in schools. Her chamber choir from St. Bernard's Convent School in Slough won both the National and International prizes in the choral competion "Let The Peoples Sing" sponsored by the European Broadcasting Union.

Gillian is now a freelance Choral Specialist, particularly well known for her work with young choirs. She is a member of the Council or the Association of British Choral Directors, and received two significant awards in 2002: a Churchill Fellowship in Choral Music and Choral Director of the Year in the Sainsbury's 'Choir Of The Year' competition. Gillian founded "Taplow Choirs" in 2004 and already all the choirs have had success at national and international level, the Youth and Girls' Choirs haveing received prizes in Celje, Slovenia and in Tallin, Estonia, and Tours in France. Gillian enjoys mentoring for Music For Youth at both regional and national levels, and adjudicating for "Choir Of The Year". She has also led singing days for the Wigmore Hall Education Department and courses for the Junior Choirs of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain.

Gillian enjoys delivering training for teachers, most recently for Sing Up! As Academic Executive for the Montgomary Holloway Music Trust, Gillian runs a summer school in advanced performance skills with well known Jazz musician Laurie Holloway. Gillian alsoenjoys her work as a vocal consultant with Slough Music Service. She is delighted to be working with Marlow Community Choir at Borlase - a most friendly and welcoming set of people who sing their hearts out every Wednesday evening.

In 2009 Gillian received an MBE from The Queen for her work with young choirs in Berkshire.

Eileen Stevenson Score Librarian Eileen, assisted by Margaret Pleming, does a superb job allocating and collecting in vocal scores as well as much work behind the scenes, sorting out edition/best hiring sources/orchestral parts and a host of other related tasks.

Gill Overell Treasurer
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Gill is our very experienced treasurer and will also be handling the complicated paperwork that comes with hiring Eton College School Hall as well. Gill is also the meeter/greeter from the Soprano 1s.

Maria Aldridge Membership Secretary
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Maria maintains the membership list, a rising challenge as the choir membership grows. Maria also assists Wendy with Box Office duties.

Ian Berrido Press Relations
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Ian is responsible for all our Press Relations.

Jill Cruse Social Secretary Jill organised interval drinks at performances, whereever they are, with a team of helpers, and also organises the 'meal out' after each concert. Sometimes this is at a restaurant, but sometimes at another venue, when Jill's magnificent catering skills come into play, and we all have a sumptuous meal at an incredibly reasonable price.

Mike Aldridge Webmaster Mike is responsible for the choir's website, and also assists Maria with membership and communication duties.

Wendy Denison Box Office Wendy has been in charge of Box Office for some time now and makes it all simple and clear for us.

Sally Palmer Programme Preparation Sally has taken on the role of Programme design for our upcoming performance at Eton School College Hall.

Barry Malki Stage Management Barry, assisted by Alexa Collins, is an absolute gem in stage management. Clearly not a role for one person, but Barry leads the team responsible for the setup and dismantling of all the staging, and orchestra seating requirements.

Jayne Mullen Assistant to Gill Overell Due to the amount of paperwork required for our upcoming Eton projects, Jayne is assisting Gill in this onerous task.

Rowena Wolton Poster and Flyer Design Rowena is responsible for the design of all printed materials, an important task for our upcoming Eton project, where all publicity must be vetted. As the choir grows bigger Rowena has also taken on the role of Assistant Score Librarian.

Josephine Crabb First Aid Organisation For our upcoming Eton project there is a requirement to provide First Aid services. Josephine will be organising this key task.

Gill Overell Meeter/Greeter Soprano 1

Alexa Collins Meeter/Greeter Soprano 1

Jeanne Turner Meeter/Greeter Soprano 2

Frances Curtin Meeter/Greeter Alto 1

Kirstie de Salis Meeter/Greeter Alto 2

Colin Armstrong Meeter/Greeter Tenor

Stuart Johnson Meeter/Greeter Bass

You Your Skills If you have any skills, and have the time to help us out in any roles, please contact any of us any Wednesday.

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