Pippa to leave Capital Chorus as search begins for a new musical director

Pippa to leave Capital Chorus as search begins for a new musical director
Type of post: Chorus news item
Status: Current
Date Posted: Tue, 4 Jun 2019

It was a day we always knew would come, but that didn't take away from our sadness when our highly-respected and much-loved chorus director Pippa Goodall told us she'd be leaving Capital Chorus later in the summer. 

Since she was appointed in February 2015, Pippa has transformed the chorus.  Our five appearances with her at the BABS annual convention have seen us achiev
e our highest ever contest scores and win the Most Entertaining Chorus award, a prize almost invariably won by a Top 3 chorus.  Our performances are steadily improving and we’ve successfully learned challenging songs that many other Barbershop choruses would never dare to attempt.  Pippa has enabled our singers to benefit from world-class coaches at rehearsals and retreats, as well as encouraging in-house coaching using section leaders and riser recordings. She will truly be a tough act to follow. 

Nevertheless, the chorus has now begun the search for Pippa's successor. Any new director will start from a solid base.. Capital Chorus is one of the youngest and most diverse groups within British Barbershop,. We're quick to learn, open to new ideas and we enjoy being challenged. We're collaborative by nature and we share a keen sense of fun. Between now and Pippa's final rehearsal on August 19th we'll be spreading the word far and wide about this exciting opportunity. We're seeking a director who can inspire the chorus, has a vision for the future and a clear strategy to continue to improve our skills and take Capital Chorus to new performance heights. 

The past five years with Pippa have been happy and successful ones for the chorus, and we wish her well as she moves on to develop the many other facets of her musical life These include her interest in singing and arranging, her passion for promoting Barbershop to young people in universities, and her role as finance director of the British Association of Barbershop Singers.

If you'd like to find out more about the vacancy please contact our chairman, Paul Gordon by emailing paulandsue@ic24.net  or calling 07747 641802.   More information is also available here.