Who we are

Founder and director:

Catherine Dyson

After an early career in human resources, Catherine took several years out to raise her three children. Unable to find anywhere local to home (then in Esher) to indulge her passion for singing the sort of material rarely found in traditional choirs, she set up her own choir in 2004 - a surprising move perhaps for a music novice! Inspired by its success, Catherine established Vocality Singing as a small business in 2007 and now runs a number of local choirs under this banner in London and Surrey. She says:  "I absolutely love singing and I'm still a proud member of Vocality Claygate. It keeps me in touch with our members' experience. There are so many things that make Vocality very special for me - not least the feedback I frequently receive from singers who go as far as to say that Vocality has changed their lives. Discovering so many fantastic songs from around the globe and watching our choirs enjoying them is a real pleasure too."

Secretary and financial director:

Nick Lawson

A qualified accountant, experienced business director and consultant, Nick has been singing for pleasure since his school days.  He has sung with amateur and semi-professional choirs in Oxford and London and became involved with Vocality very early on in its life. Nick says: “From the outset it was clear to me that Vocality was going to be special and that singing without sheet music would open the choir up to anyone and give them the opportunity to achieve something remarkable.  This has certainly proved true and the journey continues.”

Administrator

Sam Hall

Sam has been involved with Vocality as a singer since the beginning, and has gradually become more formally involved in the finance and administration side. Music and singing has always been a part of her life but since attending a workshop run back in 2004, it is now something she cannot do without! "Singing with Vocality has been a life changing experience for me - it has brought me confidence, a sense of wellbeing and above all the best of friends!"

PR/Marketing Co-ordinator

Suzanne Wall

Suzanne rediscovered the pleasure of singing when she joined a Vocality choir in 2012. She has a background in brand management and, as a freelance communications consultant, she now supports Vocality’s marketing efforts. She says: “Vocality is something exceptional, bringing together people from different backgrounds and generations with the single purpose to enjoy making music together”.

Choir Leaders

Thomas Chapman

Thomas studied at The University of York and left with an undergraduate music degree and Masters in composition. He works mostly as a choral singer and can regularly be found singing with the choir's of St Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral as a deputy. Previous to this he sang as a lay clerk at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford and choral scholar at York Minster. Alongside Vocality, Thomas also directs Oxford City Council's Workplace Choir.

Ben Crawley

Ben studied music at The University Of York, and since graduating he has been singing and leading choirs all over London. As a vocal leader Ben enjoys working with groups of all different levels - he runs several community choirs and also coaches some smaller ensembles and professional groups. He has a particular interest in acappella group singing, and getting people singing and using their voices for the first time. Ben is also a singer and he does regular session work and recordings. Ben has really enjoyed being part of the Vocality team for the past few years, and he looks forward to meeting lots more fantastic singers.

Sally Duncan

Sally has a degree in music from Royal Scottish Academy (now Conservatoire) of Music & Drama where she studied piano and harpsichord. She toured extensively as a musician and MD in theatre, including over 400 performances of the Wizard of Oz, and has also performed as a jazz pianist. Sally has loved singing and playing in choirs from a young age. As well as bringing her fun and enthusiasm for singing to Twickenham Vocality, Sally also runs Sing it Together choir in Clapham, and Rhythm 'n Babes pre-school music classes in Tooting.

Associate Leaders

Sam Coates

The best thing about directing Vocality choirs is enjoying the difference between the 40 individuals that come into a session and the group of singers that leave.   There is something so honest and simple about turning up and singing with other people and I love being a part of it.

Liz Swain

Since graduating in 2003 from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Liz has performed in some of Europe’s best known concert halls and festivals. She has directed choral groups at Teddington’s Landmark Arts Centre, Brunel and Kingston Universities, and choirs for young people in West London.