Hailsham Choral

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Rosie Howarth
Musical Director

Rosie Howarth is a professional choral conductor and vocal coach. In 2016 she graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with an MA in Choral Conducting, where she received a scholarship from the Worshipful Company of Musicians. Prior to this she studied Music and German at Cardiff University and the Freie Universität, Berlin, graduating with first-class honours in 2012 and receiving the David Evans prize.

She has worked as a freelance conductor in South Wales, as Musical Director of Cor Bro Ogwr in Bridgend, Caerphilly Community Chorus, and Songbirds LGBT Choir. In 2019 she was one of the Artistic Directors of Hand in Hand Festival, the biggest national LGBT Choir Festival in the UK, and is a patron of South Wales Gay Men's Chorus.

As well as Hailsham Choral Society, Rosie is the Musical Director of Rainbow Voices and Assistant Musical Director of the English National Opera Community Chorus, as well as a choir leader for Music in Offices and VoiceWork. She is an accomplished soprano and performs regularly as a chorister and soloist.

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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.