Meridian Singers

Community Choir in Bluntisham, Cambridgeshire

Meet the Team

Alison Summers

Musical Director

I remember being very excited about joining my first choir aged 8. It was the beginning of a wonderful journey which has taken me all over the world, from the USA to India. As a music scholar at two independent schools, I was able to enjoy the privilege of music making at a fairly high level, so by the time I was 18 I had already performed at St John’s Smith Square in London, Southwell Minster, and collegiate chapels in Oxford and Cambridge. By the time I left music college in Manchester, where I studied singing as a postgraduate, I had added the Bridgewater Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Wigmore Hall, and several more cathedrals, including the one in Jerusalem. As much as these places are thrilling and exciting, what makes the experience really special is visiting and singing in them with colleagues who share your skills and enthusiasms, and being part of a team with those people. And that happens in choirs at every level. People are engaged in a common goal and are having fun trying to meet it. Just take a look at all the research that has found that singing in a choir is good for your emotional and physical health:

All together now singing is good for your body and soul

Why singing makes people happy

Based in Cambridge since 2004, and now with a family, I spend much of my professional life teaching. feel strongly about helping people of all ages to empower themselves through music, and in addition to teaching I enjoy delivering opera workshops in primary schools, and helping choirs develop their singing, musicianship and ensemble skills. You can read more about my activities on my website.

Olga Elbourn

Accompanist

Olga graduated with highest honours from the State Conservatoire in St.Petersburg, Russia as a concert pianist, piano teacher, accompanist and chamber ensemble player in 2004. She completed a post Graduate course at the St.Petersburg Conservatoire in 2006 as an Accompanist.

After completing her studies Olga worked at the St.Petersburg Conservatoire as a Senior Accompanist for opera singing and instrumental classes, gaining a large amount of experience working with some of the most well-known Russian opera singers and instrumental players.

Olga has coached many students for participating in international competitions, concert tours, performances and exams. Many of these performers are now singing at the best opera theatres around the world. Olga moved to England in 2014 and lives in Waterbeach. Her work now includes intensive teaching, accompanying and performing.

Jo Turnbull

Treasurer

Hi, my name is Jo Turnbull and I am the Treasurer for Meridian Singers, I joined the choir in October 2012 and am one of the original committee members. I sing with the sopranos but originally started off as an alto and have enjoyed many happy years singing with all my friends and raising money for charity at the same time which is great. I love singing all types of music but am particularly fond of anything with a good beat or anything that pulls at the heart strings, I couldn’t sing 'Slipping Through My Fingers' last year without crying every time! I am responsible for sending out notifications for termly subs payments, hall bookings, taking payments, sorting out insurance, looking after our Building Society Account and sending our fund raising money off to the charities we support.


Julie Wood

Chair

Hi my name is Julie. I have been with the choir since it started. I joined as I have always wanted to get up and do something and this seemed like a nice way to start. I have never sung before and don't read music but I have learnt so much. I am the Chairperson of the choir but we all get involved and have fun.