Music Team

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The Music Team

Geoff Lavery (standing) and Terry Cunnane

GEOFF LAVERY [Musical Director]

GEOFF LAVERY began his professional musical career in Ipswich. From there, he and his family moved to Lancashire and then to Bedford, where he conducted many orchestral and choral performances and musicals. Upon his return to Suffolk ten years ago, he has found himself increasingly busy as a conductor, organist and accompanist.

Geoff is conductor of Beccles Choral Society and Musical Director of the Phoenix Singers, Framlingham performing many of the major large choral works. In April next year, he is to conduct both his choirs and Lambeth Orchestra from London at Snape Maltings, in an all-Elgar concert, featuring “Cockaigne (In London Town)”, together with “Sea Pictures” and “Music Makers”, with Diana Moore as soloist.

After ten years, he has just ended his tenure as Director of the Gippeswyk Singers, a chamber choir in Ipswich that he founded many years ago. With them, he performed a large number of smaller choral works as well as undertaking three successful concert tours. He has worked also with ‘Music in Felixstowe’ for Children’s Workshops as well as directing and accompanying many “Come & Sing” performances of a variety of choral works in Beccles, Framlingham, Felixstowe, Aldeburgh and Snape.

As an accompanist, Geoff works occasionally with Christina Johnson who was a leading soprano at Prague opera. However, his Duo Partner is the soprano Sarah Gallop, and together they have given recitals throughout East Anglia, including Bury cathedral, Lowestoft, Hadleigh and Aldeburgh, where Geoff regularly plays the organ.

Like so many musicians, the last 18 months have been a period of enforced “rest”, and Geoff turned to writing about music rather than performing it. He has written a series of 13 “Symphonic Guides” exploring the symphonies of the major composers from Haydn (all 104 symphonies!) and Mozart to Mahler and Vaughan Williams, with the intention of helping the reader to listen and understand them, without requiring a score. His writings have now been put to one side and what a joy it is, at last, to be making music again in ‘live’ performance ….!

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Terry Cunnane   [Accompanist]

TERRY CUNNANE  was born in Manchester and has taught in EastAnglia for more than 20 years. He became seriously interested in music at the age of eleven when learning the piano, later going on to Nottingham University to study under Glyn Davies and Dennis Todd. As president of the college music society he organised and performed in a range of musical events.
Having left teaching, he now has more time to devote to playing with instrumentalists, choirs and singers. He strongly believes in the beneficial effects of music and its inclusiveness, spending a great deal of time of energy promoting music in schools.
Terry enjoys composing and has created many arrangements, often for
unusual combinations of instruments.
He has some very fine concert performances to his credit, which include Carnival of animals, The St Antony Chorale Variations  and Bach’s Brandenburg concerto No 5.  He has played in Cambridge,Norwich, Snape and London and is in great demand as a pianist. Terry is
currently  Music Secretary of the Gorleston St Andrew’s Competitive
Festival. He is Musical Director of Great Yarmouth Choral Society
Terry is much appreciated by the members for his expert and untiring help
as rehearsal pianist and frequently also as accompanist in concert
performances.

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