The HYS Team
Musical Director: Charlie Rhodes
Associate Conductor: Macy Jagger
Children's Choir Assistant: Ellie Smith
Chair: Louise Keller
I have been a member of the HYS board for 7 years. I have 2 children in the choir and they really love it. I love singing and working behind the scenes in this vibrant youth choir. I am also a first aider for the choir.
Company Secretary: Catriona Chadderton
I was a member of the choir for 3 years and have been a member of the board for 5. I enjoy using my musical knowledge and education to help with the choir's communication.
Safeguarding Lead: Sarah Watson
Sarah currently works in educational psychology, having worked across the education sector for over 20 years as a teacher and in senior management. She is a trained musician who taught music in colleges, schools and privately, as well as writing and performing solo, in bands and- of course- in choirs. Her two children are current choir members and many of her past singing pupils are HYS alumni.
Board Member: Michael Cockerill
Having served on the board for a number of years, my son Craig the choirs accompanist decided after 20 years to retire. I thought these youngsters are so worth supporting I decided to stay on and do what I can for these amazing Young Singers.
Board Member: Catherine Kirk
Catherine volunteered to support Halifax Young Singers following her daughter's positive experience with the choir, including award-winning performances at the Mrs Sunderland Festival. She provides fundraising and organisational skills to help the choir continue to inspire and build the confidence of young people through the discipline of choral singing. Catherine is also a Trustee of Calderdale charity Together for Looked-after Children. During 2016-17 she was Mayoress of Calderdale and is keen to promote the benefits for all found in music, art and culture.
Treasurer: Nikki Soden
My daughter has been singing in the choir for 6 years and I joined the Board last year. I live in Todmorden with a dog, 2 cats, 12 chickens and 24 sheep.