Luton Ladies Voices 

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Margaret Blenkin - Musical Director          

Margaret acquired her passion for music in the Salvation Army.  As a child she learned to play various brass instruments and had lessons in piano and singing.  She started singing in the Salvation Army children's choir and it was this choir which benefited from her debut as a musical director at the age of 18.

Margaret has always enjoyed Gilbert and Sullivan, so when she joined Putteridgebury G&S Society in 1986 she soon became one of their most popular and regular musical directors. She directed the company in many well known G&S Operettas as well as others, such as Die Fledermaus and Orpheus in the Underworld.  When Putteridgebury performed Carmen, Margaret returned to her other passion, singing, and took on the leading role. She went on to perform other leading roles, including Julia Jellico in the rarely performed G&S Operetta, The Grand Duke.

Margaret has worked with other G&S Societies in Bedford and Stewartby and has been the musical director of Peterborough G&S Players who perform at the Key Theatre, Peterborough for many years.

Since becoming the Musical Director of Pasque Harmony in 2004 (from 1st January 2014 - Caritas Harmony) Margaret has seen the choir grow in number and improve its level of performance.  She has led the choir in the production of 3 CDs, introducing them to new listeners and says that one of her ambitions is to see the choir attract the audiences it so richly deserves.  Margaret freely admits that the choir's diverse repertoire has presented her with one of her most challenging roles so far but she thoroughly enjoys working with a 'great bunch of ladies', finding the rehearsals both fun and rewarding. Margaret's love of music and singing makes her the ideal Musical Director for Caritas Harmony as she continually encourages and challenges the choir, taking them to new heights.  

Martin Hart - Accompanist 

Martin Hart has been our accompanist for over ten years and it is with a very heavy heart that we have to inform you that due to a career change he will no longer be able to work with us.

Words cannot express our thanks and gratitude enough, for his contribution to Caritas Harmony has been simply outstanding. Our MD Margaret sent Martin this personal message in the programme for the Grove - "You are in a class of your own, Martin, and it has been a real privilege to work with you." All the 'Lovely Ladies' of the choir will miss him dearly but wish him every success for the future.

MEET THE CHOIR

Caritas Harmony sing in 4 parts - 1st soprano, 2nd soprano, 1st alto and 2nd alto. Some members of the choir are able to sing in different sections, according to the requirements of the piece being performed. We are always happy to welcome new members and we will help you to find the best section in the choir to suit your voice. 

                                        

 

2nd Altos Elaine Batchelor, Jo Carne, Sheila Cripps, Helen Hempsted, Katrina Peacham, Heather Press, Ruth Smith

1st Altos Jackie Abella, Beryl Gough, Diana Martin, Maggie Slater, Diana Martin, Jackie Howe, Sue Spence, Kim Williams

 

2nd Sopranos Geraldine Carroll, Judith Evans, Julia Holder, Pat Holmes, Jane Jacoby, Claire Kirby, Susan Manning, Claire March, Eunice Quinn, Jan Taylor, Marie Tite, Brenda Wood  

 

 

1st Sopranos  Laura Abella, Catherine Delaney, Sue Devereaux, Trina Earnshaw, Rita Gradon, Alison Hamon, Ruth Harley, Francis Higgins, Kathy Knight, Catherine Lidstone, Annamaria Macchi, Cathy Maile, Janice Middleton, Stephanie Musgrove, Linda Payne, Margaret Shadlow, Mary Stewart, Penny Trundle, Sue Tunnicliff, Lyn Weedon, Wendy Welburn, Karen Woolford 

 


Associate Members

Nolly Ravenhall, Lynda Davies, Margaret Hale-Owen, Linda Crick, Alison Nicol, Marilyn Batchelor