MUSICAL DIRECTOR – JANETTE RUOCCO
Janette Ruocco holds a B.Mus (Hons) from Sheffield University, a Masters’ degree in Choral Education and an LRSM in Choral Direction. She was for several years a practitioner council member of the Association of British Choral Directors (ABCD), for whom she has devised and led training in choral conducting.
Janette is a dedicated music educator who brings her passion for creative communication through the human voice to all of the singers she directs. With her unique blend of humour and targeted encouragement, she supports the development of musical literacy, vocal technique and confidence in performance to groups of all ages and abilities. In addition to her post with Harleston Choral Society, Janette is currently the Musical Director of Braintree Choral Society, and two London-based groups, The Meljon Singers chamber choir and the 12-voice vocal ensemble, Bocca Aperta. Janette’s recent projects with children and young singers have included the opening concert of the St David’s Festival, a performance of her cantata Swallow Tale in the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and a two-night choral extravaganza with 300 children from Billericay schools at the Towngate Theatre in Basildon. She is regularly in demand as a choral trainer and workshop leader.
For relaxation, Janette sings with the aptly named Eight Voices, a group specialising in acappella music from the Renaissance, with whom she performs in London and in Italy.
More details of Janette’s work can be found on her website at www.janette-ruocco.co.uk.
ACCOMPANIST – KAREN SMITH