Our Musical Director and Accompanist
Director of Music
Sandra Burne graduated from Christ Church College, Canterbury, in 1987 with a BA in Music and Maths. She played flute (1st study) with piano and guitar as additional studies focussing on choral and instrumental arrangement. Her other qualifications include: MA Ed (Applied Linguistics), DipABRSM (Flute teaching), PTLLS, CELTA, and Level 2 Rowing Coach.
Sandra has an eclectic background, initially working in IT management for Capita and the Civil Aviation Authority, and later mainly as a tutor of woodwind (flute, sax, and recorder), Maths, and English for Academic Purposes. At various times, she has performed in amateur and professional choirs, vocal groups, orchestras, bands, and ensembles. This has been in a variety of styles from classical to jazz, from church music to klezmer, and from folk to show tunes. During the 1990s, she toured with a gospel band around the United States, Western Europe and Russia. After the tour, she got married and moved to The Netherlands to be with her husband where they raised their two children. The family relocated to the UK in 2008 for medical reasons within the family and settled in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Sandra is also Captain of Gloucester Rowing Club.
Throughout her life, Sandra has maintained her love of choral singing by being part of various choirs and ensembles. She started conducting choirs relatively recently and realised that of all the performance she has done, it is conducting that gives her the most satisfaction.
Rachel Hobby was a music student at City University, London, where she studied violin with Gerhardt Schmidt and piano with Jayne Brooks. She now gives private instrumental lessons at many schools in Gloucestershire, and accompanies at concerts both on piano and violin.
We are pleased to welcome some new faces to our choir! Our recent open rehearsal has inspired not only three new members, but also two returning members.