MusicTeam
| Helen | Philida | Lesley | Terry |
Musical Director: Helen Wingate BMUS(Hons), PGCE
Helen Wingate

Helen has lived in Bedfordshire all her life.
From a tender age, music has played a big part in Helen’s life.
She gained her degree on cello and piano at Trinity College of Music.
Helen subsequently gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from Middlesex University.
Helen has taught music as Head of Music in various parts of Bedfordshire since 1999 and also became an Assistant Headteacher.
Helen currently leads a hectic life with many bows to her string!
She currently teaches music with Luton Music Service; is a GCSE music examiner, and is the joint MD of the thriving Parkside Singers in nearby Ampthill.
Helen also enjoys walking, conservation activities with the National Trust and runs her own vegan cake business.
In January 2022 Helen became our Musical Director.

Phillida began her association with the choir in 1998.
She served initially as second piano accompanist and then as Deputy M.D before being appointed Musical Director in September 2006.
Born and educated in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, her musical career began with the study of piano, viola and music teaching at the Royal Academy of Music and London University.
Following graduation, Phillida enjoyed a long and successful teaching career in schools mainly in the South Bedfordshire area.
She became Head of Music at Manshead School in Dunstable, having responsibility for the school choir, orchestra and bands before retiring from the Education Authority in August 2006.
Phillida has also held positions as Musical Director with Dunstable Amateur Operatic Society,St Andrews Players and Tring Festival Society as well as being much in demand as piano accompanist for local soloists.
In 2022 Phillida stepped down from the post of Musical Director to become assistant to Helen Wingate.

Assistant Musical Director: Phillida Driver GRSM, LRAM, MTC

Piano Accompanist: Lesley Vincent BMus(Hons), LRSM

A portrait of Lesley is in preparation!

Lesley studied Double Bass and Piano at Trinity College of Music where she met life-long friend Helen - the VMVC Musical Director!
She went on to further musical studies in Lübeck, Germany and worked as Double Bassist with the Oldenburgisches Staatstheater Orchester.
Here she played a variety of operatic repertoire where a highlight was doing the five hour marathon of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.
She served in the Royal Air Force for 12 years as Double Bassist of the Salon Orchestra of the RAF Central Band.
This gave her a plethora of musical experiences and she also had the great opportunity to meet and talk with Her Majesty the Queen.
Lesley has played in a chamber group on a cruise ship travelling around the Caribbean and Alaska, as well as in folk, rock and pit bands.
She also teaches Double Bass, Piano and Music Theory.
She is resident Organist and Pianist at St. George’s Church, RAF Halton and is assistant Musical Director of the Aylesbury Consort of Voices.
If it involves music in any way Lesley is happy to get stuck in!

Terry, having studied at Dartington College of Arts, is an accomplished violinist.
He is currently the conductor of Luton Concert Orchestra and Leader of Luton Symphony Orchestra.
He has appeared as guest soloist with the choir on many occasions and for the past several years has compèred the majority of our major concerts.
His wide knowledge of music and its history, coupled with his unique sense of humour and professional presentation makes him a most popular and valued member of the team.
Master of Ceremonies: Terry Driver ARCM, DDMES
Terry Driver