People

Our organisation

Our Musical Director- Ian Wright

Ian Wright was brought up in Wales. He received a classical training at the Welsh College of Music and Drama, the Guildhall School of Music in London and City University, where he studied for a BSc degree in Music. He also has a degree in Theology from Oxford University.

Ian works as a violin teacher in schools for the Cumbria Music Service. He conducts the Carlisle Youth Orchestra and plays with ensembles such as the baroque groups Consort 1700 and Ensemble Buxtehude. He teaches Singing in secondary schools in Carlisle and West Cumbria and is an accomplished singer himself, singing with The Wordsworth Singers and Ensemble Buxtehude as well as appearing as tenor soloist.

Other positions held by Ian include Musical Director for Cockermouth Harmonic Society and Choral Director for Cumbria Rural Choirs.

Our Accompanist - Amanda Wright

Amanda studied music at King’s College London and piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She currently works as a teacher and area manager for Cumbria Music Service. In addition to working with us, she is accompanist for Cockermouth Harmonic Society and Cumbria Rural Choirs. You may also be fortunate enough to hear Amanda play at Mirehouse when the house is open to the public.

Our Committee

  • Chair David Rooney
  • Treasurer Bill Angell
  • Secretary Cathy Rooney
  • Librarian Ulrike Smith
  • Publicity Officer Mike Smith
  • Ann Bishop
  • Catherine Servanté
  • Joy Hall
  • Margaret Ferriby
  • Simon Gray