Choir

MEET THE CHOIR

The choir is truly representative of N10 London, with members of mixed ages, backgrounds and nationalities all coming together each week to explore and enjoy music and improve their vocal techniques.

Rehearsals are a perfect balance of hard work and fun and there is a constant buzz of excitement around the Choir, as there is always something new and challenging in the pipeline, including joint ventures with both UK and International choirs

Lazina Gheyselinck was the Choir's much-loved founder and Musical Director from 2014-2019.  Under her inspired leadership, the choir grew from a small gathering of female members singing Christmas Carols at St Peter le Poer Church and local care homes, to an accomplished SSAA choir performing the works of classical and modern-day composers to raise funds for International Charities such as Unicef and Medecins Sans Frontieres.  The choir also added additional care homes to its local community outreach programme and joined forces with choirs in both Portugal and Rome to raise funds for overseas charities.  Prior to leaving London for a new life in Portugal, Lazina was instrumental in finding the Choir a dynamic new Musical Director in the form of Santiago Piñeros-Serrano, who picked up the baton in September 2019.

Santiago Piñeros-SerranoTo say that Santiago Piñeros-Serrano is multi-talented on the musical front is a gross understatement.  Born in Bogota, Santiago began his musical education at the Colombian National Symphony Academy, where he studied piano and music theory before joining the Juan N Corpas University, to perfect his piano technique and expand his musical skills to include conducting choir and orchestra. Studies in vocal techniques and violin followed, which soon  led to him joining one of the leading professional choirs in the country, the Santa Cecilia Choral Society, and the Unimusica Orchestra, where he not only won First Prize in Colombia's 2010 Ibague String Festival, but a scholarship to attend the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra programme.

A postgraduate degree at Ohio's famous and highly-acclaimed Bowling Green State University followed, during which time he conducted the Bowling Green Philharmonia and New Music Ensemble.

Always keen to explore new repertoires and different ensembles, Santiago subsequently worked with orchestras, choirs, wind bands and chamber ensembles of different formations all over the world.

A skilled recruiter, between 2013 and 2015, Santiago founded Huila State's OSCH orchestra in South West Colombia and the Ad Libitum Chamber Orchestra, which brought Latin American music to North-West Ohio.

Never one to rest on his laurels, Santiago also conducted opera performances at festivals throughout Colombia and the USA, including two world premieres at the Bowling Green Opera Festival.  Similarly, he collaborated with various symphony and chamber orchestras in Colombia, Argentina and the Ukraine,  as well as leading several orchestras in Master Classes and competitions.

Alongside his career as Orchestral and Choral Conductor, Santiago’s drive for innovation and analysis of musical practices led to his debut as a workshop leader at the Latin American Forum for Music Education in Neiva, Colombia, where he has been a fellow since 2013.

Now based in the UK,  Santiago is the Musical Director of the N10 Choir and St. Peter le Poer's new Community Choir,  as well as conducting the  Albert Park Singers and Blackbird Leys Choir.  He is also Assistant Conductor for the Oxford Brookes University Orchestra.

 

THE CHOIR MEMBERS

Sopranos

Altos

Kate Beale
Alyson Coombs
Shelley Galpin
Jane McDonald
Anna Sanchez
Magdalena Pineros
Caroline Bailey

Jo Allen
Silke Filby
Mary Geaney
Astrid Griffiths
Sue Harrison
Caroline Repton
Pamela Smith
Veronica Zundel

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