Hailsham Choral

Singing with a great choir !

Society Profiles

Photo of Jozik Kotz
Jozik Kotz
Musical Director

Jozik was born in Oxford.  After reading music at the University of York he won a postgraduate scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he was a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier, Royal Overseas League and Richard Tauber competitions and winner of the South East Arts competition, which led to his debut at Wigmore Hall.

As a conductor and animateur Jozik has devised and implemented projects for a variety of arts organisations including Making Music, Welsh National Opera, Glyndebourne, the Royal Opera, ENO Baylis and the De La Warr Pavilion.  He is a national choral trainer for Youth Music and vocal project co-ordinator for East Sussex Music service.  He was appointed musical director of the East Sussex Community Choir in 2004 and Hailsham Choral Society in 2005.

As a singer Jozik has performed roles for ENO, Royal Opera, Glyndebourne, Opera Factory, Garsington and Grange Park.  In Europe he has sung in Paris, Vienna, Zurich, Madrid, Antwerp, Aix en Provence and Lisbon.  He has sung at the Proms, and with the BBC Symphony, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia and English Chamber orchestras.  CD recordings include three for Hyperion records, the premiere of Turnage's The Silver Tassie for Deutsche Gramophonon and the Paray Mass with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, which was nominated for a Grammy award.

Barbara Edwards: Chorus Director

Photo of Barbara Edwards
Barbara Edwards
Chorus Director

Throughout Barbara’s life, music has been a hobby in any shape or form – madrigal groups at school and college, choral singing and pantomime. She learned to play the piano and violin whilst at school and has since learned to play the clarinet. Barbara joined the Hailsham Choral Society at the tender age of 23. For ten years she was also a member of ‘Hamelsham Singers’ – a prestigious octet. She formed her own octet called 'Prospect Singers' and at school, she combined her work as a PE and Business Studies teacher with playing in the school orchestra, directing school productions and was voice coach for the soloists.

Barbara has sung with the Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra and Choir, and under Kenneth Pont and Sir David Willcocks with the Mayfield Festival Choir.  She was choir mistress and organist at Dallington Church for 10 years and she is currently one of the organists at Hailsham Methodist Church. Barbara was appointed Assistant Musical Director of Hailsham Choral Society in 1996, and took up the baton full-time in 1999, going back to Assistant in 2001.

William Hancox: Accompanist

Photo of William Hancox
William Hancox

Pianist William Hancox has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist throughout the UK and internationally. He has played in many major venues, broadcast for Classic FM and the BBC and made a number of CD recordings. He has held staff pianist positions at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Trinity College of Music and the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh.

William has performed throughout Europe, with concerts in Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Iceland. Several trips to China have involved masterclasses, song recitals, solo recitals and concerts in the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing.

He has also worked extensively as a vocal coach, both at home and abroad, with many students now pursuing successful singing careers.

William studied with the Hungarian pianist Joseph Weingarten, himself a student of Dohnanyi, Bartok and Kodaly. Another major influence was the late Martin Isepp, formerly Head of Music at Glyndebourne.

William lives in East Sussex and is active in many local musical projects.