Header photos courtesy of Helena Quarmby
Main Chorus Accompanist - Robert Webb
Yorkshire-born Robert Webb was educated at Selwyn College Cambridge, where he held a choral scholarship and read law. After graduating he spent a year in Chester singing as a Lay-clerk in the Cathedral and studying at the College of Law before settling back in Cambridge working as a solicitor. His musical activities continued, eventually drowning out any desire to be a lawyer and in 1996 he moved to Oxford to pursue music full time (working for a while as a motorcycle courier to fulfil a teenage dream and help make ends meet). Whilst in Oxfordshire he was Director of Music at Wallingford Parish Church, director of Henley Choral Society, and director of the internationally known Cathedral Singers of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.
Robert moved back to his native Yorkshire in 2003 to take up the post of Director of Music at St John’s Ranmoor, a post he held until 2010. He is now Musical Director of Sheffield Chamber Choir, the Sterndale Singers, Bel Canto Choir, the Danensian Choir, and Sheffield City Opera, and also accompanist to the Sheffield University Singers’ Society. He is also an Area Consultant to and Education and Training Officer for the Royal School of Church Music in Sheffield and South Yorkshire, and has a busy private teaching practice through the Milsom School of Music teaching piano, singing and music theory. Robert also composes from time to time, and Sing Soc were kind enough to commission two works, Laudate Dominum in 2010 and A Song on Wings of Imagination, in 2014. The text for this by Beth Hellen was the winning entry in a competition to celebrate 15 years of Sing Soc.
Small Groups' Accompanist - Yang Guo
Yang accompanies both of the chamber choirs on Monday evenings. He is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at Durham University, so we are lucky to have him joining us on Monday evenings from the 28th of September 2015.
A bit about me...
I began playing piano at age 7, having really wanted to play the violin. In 2001, I arrived at Tapton School and began studying under Valentina Kalashnik, who taught me to love music, piano, and in particular Rachmaninoff. During that time, I resolved to go to 'music school', but laziness won, and in the end I went to university to do philosophy instead. Philosophy has taken me through a few universities, and at each place I've been very lucky with opportunities to play, and even perform - one highlight for me was Beethoven's third concerto in 2009, with the Sheffield Youth Orchestra. I'm very grateful and excited to be involved with SingSoc this year - and hope I might even sing a bit better by the end...