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.
When he and his wife (an accomplished oboist and recorder player) returned to Suffolk six years ago, he has found himself increasingly busy as a conductor, adjudicator, organist and accompanist.
Part of a Duo, playing piano with clarinettist Chris Allen, their concerts in the local area have included Aldeburgh, Framlingham, Wymondham and the Southwold Arts Festival. Recently, the Duo has expanded to a Trio, with the soprano Sarah Gallop, for a concert in Ipswich and a return visit to Wymondham Abbey,
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 and York and a short concert tour to the West Country is planned for June 2018.
Geoff conducts Beccles Choral Society, directed Suffolk Strings for three years, and also directed several performances with Felixstowe Music for many years, including Britten’s “Noye’s Fludde” in the composer’s centenary year, some “Come & Sing” performances of a variety of choral works, and Children’s Workshops. He is the accompanist for the Phoenix Singers, Framlingham.
He conducted an exciting performance of Bach’s “B minor Mass” in Hay-on-Wye in 2016, with 16 professional singers and orchestra, and 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. Already, conducting engagements for the next year include a “Messiah” in Framlingham at Christmas, Bach’s “St John Passion” on Good Friday 2018 in Felixstowe, Beethoven’s “Missa Solemnis” in Beccles in May 2018 and “Christmas Oratorio” in December 2018. Plans are also being made for a Mozart “Requiem” and a return visit by the two choirs and orchestra to Snape in 2019 to perform Verdi’s “Requiem”.
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