Janet Kelsey MA BA Hons LRAM
Janet Kelsey moved from the North of England to Norfolk in 2003, after pursuing a busy career as a professional singer, teacher and conductor. As an alto soloist Janet has performed with many Choral Societies throughout the UK and, as a member of the prestigious vocal quintet Voices in Concert, she has appeared on BBC Television, in cathedrals, National Trust Houses and at Snape Maltings. She has run a series of highly successful Music Departments in both the state and private sectors since the age of 21 and has also taught both Singing and Harmony and Counterpoint at the University of Hull. In particular, Janet has enjoyed phenomenal success as a choral director of both youth and adult groups.
As a member of the music department at Gresham’s School for 10 years, Janet was responsible for delivering the academic programme as well as running the Girls’ Choirs, the String Orchestra and the Junior Jazz Group.
In 2013 Janet retired from full-time teaching and began work as a freelance music teacher and choral conductor, being frequently in demand with choirs around Norfolk. In June 2019 Janet moved to France to begin her new business venture ‘Chateau Singing Holidays’. She is delighted to come back to rehearse with the Ladies at least once a month and the Ladies are more than delighted that she has agreed to do so. As well as her outstanding musical talents, Janet brings laughter, joy and total dedication to the practices and to the performances. It is Janet who makes us what we are.
Maggi Warren MMUS, BA Hons, ALCM, DipLCM
Maggi Warren brings a wealth of experience as a performer, composer, conductor and teacher to her work with Ladies Who Sing. In addition to diplomas on flute and piano Maggi recently completed a masters degree in composition, a lifelong passion of hers and a skill which she has put to excellent use in her current position with the Ladies. Several of her compositions have received performances in a variety of settings, by a number of groups and her published sonatina, A Sylvan Triptych is included in the diploma syllabus for the London College of Music.
Maggi is the musical director of the Cliftonville Singers and of the St Andrews Fellowship Choir and has twice been the musical director of the North Norfolk Chamber Opera. She has also been a member of a folk-pop trio raising money for Amnesty.
With a language degree, a career in social work and time spent in schools as a peripatetic teacher Maggi is a woman with a breadth of talent, endless patience and a thorough approach to whatever she is involved in at the time. Ladies Who Sing are deeply indebted to her for all that she does for them.