Northern Voices
Northern Voices

Our members come from all over the region. Some are trained singers and some bring a great wealth of choral experience. If you would like to join us do get in touch as we do require new members in certain sections. Please don't feel that you need many years of singing in choirs under your belt before you can join; however, we are looking to create a good standard of performance and you will be asked to audition. You will also be given a chance to try us out to see if you want to join such a motley bunch!

Northern Voices is affiliated to the National Association of Choirs and you can go to their web site by clicking here.

As a Choir Northern Voices are very lucky to have a Musical Director and Accompanist of such a high standard. Here is some background about Gillian and Stephen Sild.

Gillian Sild, Musical Director

Gillian has lived and worked in the North East since 1981, during which time she has become well known as both a soprano soloist and singing teacher. She has performed throughout the area in opera, oratorio, operetta and recital work.

She has been a primary school teacher in Hartlepool since 1992 and has spent much of her time promoting singing with young people. In recent years she has worked with choirs from a number of schools in the town to produce combined concerts.

From 2005 to 2010, Gillian was Musical Director of the Hartlepool Youth Choir, working with both the senior and training choirs. In 2009 she conducted the finale of a Choral Prom in Hartlepool with a combined choir of over 250 singers from a number of choirs in the area.

Gillian has been Musical Director of Billingham Oratorio Choir since 2007 and has enjoyed working on a variety of choral works with the choir ranging from Pergolesi to Karl Jenkins.

Stephen Sild, Accompanist

Born and educated in Stockton, Stephen studied at the Welsh College of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, The Royal Academy of Music in London and Durham University, studying piano accompaniment and clarinet. During this time he performed and sang with various ensembles including the Halle Choir, and undertook BBC recording work with Cardiff Polyphonic Choir.

Stephen is well known in the area as a performer and repetiteur for professional and semi-professional organisations, accompanying complete operas and musicals in concert performances, in addition to both solo concerto work on both piano and harpsichord. He has been an accompanist with the British Federation of Youth Choirs, Cleveland Philharmonic Choir and The Carol Andrew Singers.

He worked as an A level examiner for a time and has conducted Oratorios with Choral Societies as well as working extensively in the theatre as Musical Director for many of the regions' societies, including Darlington Operatic, Teesside Musical Theatre Company, Redcar Operatic, Stockton Operatic and Teesside Gilbert and Sillivan Society.

And yes, he is married to Gillian and they make a great team!

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