Musical Director – Jules Addison
Jules Addison’s musical education started around the age of 3 when he started to play on an old Hammond organ in the family home. At the time before any formal musical training he couldn’t read music so just played by ear. Jules first started taking piano lessons from the age of 6 and was soon working his way through the ABRSM syllabus. Studying with David Rees Williams at school he achieved Grade 8 on the organ and piano by the time he was 15. He then furthered his organ studies at Royal Holloway, University of London with Jeremy Filsell whilst studying for a Music Degree.
After graduating in 1996, Jules embarked on a career in the music industry focussing on teaching and music production. From this time forward, choirs and choral music became very important influences on Jules’ career. He has a passion for teaching music and particularly for helping others to make music together. In 2004, Jules set up 4 Part Music to offer professional mobile recording services to choirs and schools across the UK. Alongside his recording business, Jules now has a thriving teaching business working both from his home studio as well as travelling to pupils in the local area. He also directs an ever increasing number of choirs in Wiltshire and the surrounding areas with the emphasis on bringing people together to sing. Jules was appointed Musical Director of the Cirencester Male Voice Choir in 2014.
Further information on Jules is available at: www.julesaddison.co.uk.
Accompanist – Lorraine Wild
Born in 1990, Lorraine started to study the piano at seven years old at the Conservatoire of Besancon (France). In 2008, she achieved a first class honours diploma in piano performance at the Conservatoire of Dijon (Burgundy, France), having studied with the pianist Thierry Rosbach, as well as composition, musical analysis and chamber music.
In 2014, Lorraine graduated from the University of Paris-IV Sorbonne, in ‘Music and Musicology’. Lorraine has also achieved with merits a Master’s degree in Piano Performance with the guidance of Ian Buckle, at the University of Leeds. She has been particularly distinguished by winning the Leeds University Union Music Society Piano Competition in both 2014 and 2015. Recently awarded a scholarship by The Sephen Bell Charitable Trust, Lorraine has performed at the Lake District Summer Academy, having studied with Renna Kellaway, Emiko Tadenuma and Andrew Brownell.
Lorraine is currently Acting Head of Music Westonbirt Schools (Gloucestershire), leading a team of 3 music teachers and 12 Specialists teachers. Lorraine is indeed passionate about pedagogy, having taught piano for several years and is currently completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Performing Arts at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Lorraine was also appointed Repetiteur to Cirencester Male Voice Choir in May 2017.