Caroline Evans – Musical Director/Chairperson
I joined the gospel choir soon after moving permanently to Salcombe in 2008. My musical background is jazz piano – I play regularly with several local jazz bands. I soon realised that jazz and gospel groove and rhythm are very closely matched so I found myself accompanying the gospel choir on piano. One thing led to another and I now direct the choir, learning as I go! I am passionate about this music and the joy it brings to everyone in the choir and beyond. We learn everything by ear – throwing away the written music is incredibly liberating.
Frances French - Founder of gospel choir
‘We are indebted to Frances French who founded our gospel choir and has now retired after 10 years’. She will be greatly missed.
The Gospel choir grew out of my desire to find a choir that fitted in with my family and busy working life.
I grew up in a very musical family, my Dad had his own band and my 7 siblings share his talent and love of music. Music is an integral part of my life. I have always sung in choirs and have been influenced by a wide variety of musical styles; especially blues, rock, folk, ecclesiastical etc... But Gospel, Liturgical, Taize and folk are where my passion lies, a passion which I share with my husband Rev. Daniel French.
Liz Hext - Secretary
I have always loved to sing, and been in choirs large & small. I play a bit of saxophone (badly!), and for a number of years became a ‘roadie’ & sound techie to a local Big Band, which was my introduction to swing and jazz. As a prep school teacher I was very involved in music for the children, coaching wind ensembles and choirs.
Gospel, to me, is singing for the sheer joy of it. I feel very lucky to have found such a lovely group of people to share it with here in Salcombe.
Nola Baylis - Emails/Facebook/Recording/Website
I am so privileged to be a member and sound recordist of this wonderful community gospel choir and feel a great connection singing soul-stirring songs with such warm hearted people in this beautiful part of Devon.
Being a holistic fusion fitness teacher I feel singing from the heart with passion is so beneficial to mind, body, emotions and spirit. I am sure all the members benefit in some way and feel supported along their unique journey of life.
Debbie Hamilton - Treasurer/Wedding Secretary Bookings contact and invoicing
I have always loved to sing! I sang in school choirs and productions as a teenager, and aspired to joining the D’Oyly Carte Company after I left school. However, that didn’t happen, but a lot has happened since those days and so I only returned to singing in the last 3 years. I have loved every minute, we sing some really fun music and the camaraderie is fantastic so I’ve made some lifelong friends! As Treasurer I have the responsibility of looking after the Choir’s finances, so you could say a background of banking and financial management has been an asset!
Debbie Plummer - Concert Secretary
Caroline Broad - Social Secretary (assisted by Debbie Plummer)