The Music Team
Geoff Lavery (standing) and Terry Cunnane
GEOFF LAVERY [Musical Director]
GEOFF LAVERY began his professional musical career as teacher, clarinettist and conductor in Ipswich, Suffolk. From there, he and his family moved to Lancashire and then to Bedford for twenty years. Whilst there, he conducted many Orchestral and Choral performances and very many musicals. Upon his return to Suffolk six years ago, he has found himself increasingly busy as a conductor, organist and accompanist.
He conducts the Gippeswyk Singers, a chamber choir that he founded 40 years ago in Ipswich. As well as their regular performances in Suffolk, they have given concerts in Holland, Harrogate, York and the West Country.
Geoff has conducted Beccles Choral Society since 2012, giving three concerts a year. He directed Suffolk Strings for three years, and has also directed several performances for Music in Felixstowe for many years, including Britten’s “Noye’s Fludde” in the composer’s centenary year, many “Come & Sing” performances of a variety of choral works and Children’s Workshops.
He has just been appointed conductor of the Phoenix Singers, Framlingham, having been their accompanist for the last five years, and concerts are already arranged for this season.
He is part of a Duo, playing piano with clarinettist Chris Allen, and they have given recitals throughout East Anglia. Recently, the Duo has expanded to a Trio, with the soprano Sarah Gallop, giving recitals in Ipswich, Wymondham Abbey and Framlingham and they have been invited to perform in the Minster at Great Yarmouth and Aldeburgh.
2017 was a particularly busy year, with many concerts in his diary; not least in May when his two choirs, together with Lambeth Orchestra, performed Elgar’s “Dream of Gerontius” at Snape Maltings. He conducted “Messiah” in Framlingham at Christmas. 2018 is proving to be just as busy, with a performance of Beethoven’s “Missa Solemnis” in Beccles in May, several Duo and Trio recitals and future choral concerts including Bach’s, “Christmas Oratorio” in November, Rossini’s “Petite Messe Solennelle” the following month, and a post-Christmas concert with Martlesham Brass and the Gippeswyk Singers in the new year. In May 2019, Geoff returns to Snape to perform Verdi’s “Requiem” with his three choirs and Lambeth Orchestra
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