the reaction to Vox Angelica’s first performance was so positive we decided to keep singing
Kate and I first met while studying music at Exeter University, where we enjoyed singing together and became firm friends. On leaving university, I started work for a charity called The Royal School of Church Music where I first met Esther, another like-minded singer and musician. We put a programme together for a local fundraising concert in 1999 and found the response to our performance so positive that we decided to keep singing together.
Now Vox Angelica sing all kinds of music – we enjoy singing music in different styles and from different periods, and are building up our own collection of arrangements, some of which are included on our debut album. We are available to perform at concerts, weddings, functions and to run workshops to get other people singing.
The best thing is, we love spending time together and we love to sing! It doesn’t get any better than that.
There’s a little bit more about each of us in the section below, so please read on. We hope you enjoy visiting our site and that you’ll come and hear us sing soon.
Director of Vox Angelica
Leah has a passion for singing and enabling others to use their voices with confidence. She graduated from Exeter University with a degree in music and an MA in English Cathedral Music and began working for the Royal School of Church Music. She remained at the RSCM for 10 years, most recently as Director of the Voice for Life programme for singers, whilst also pursuing a career as a singer and voice trainer.
In addition to directing Vox Angelica, Leah conducts the Youth Choirs at St George’s and St Giles’ Church in Ashtead. She is an examiner, a singing teacher and workshop leader and has led vocal workshops in South Africa, America, Holland and around the UK. She performs regularly as a soloist, and with early music group Dragonsfire. She has two young daughters, Jocelyn and Zoë.
Katherine studied singing at the Royal Academy of Music with Beatrice Unsworth after completing her first degree at Exeter University. She regularly performs as a recitalist and soloist in oratorio. In addition to singing with Vox Angelica Katherine has sung and recorded for the Hyperion and ASV labels with Consortium and the early music chamber group Cantores.
Katherine sings for the charity ‘Music in Hospitals’ giving concerts in schools and healthcare establishments throughout the UK. She teaches singing at Guildford High School for Girls and leads children’s choirs for the music education publishing company ‘Out of the Ark’. She combines all of this with raising her two young sons, Elliot and Oliver.
Esther is a conductor, singer and animateur with a passion for music education. She read music at Oxford University, where she was organ scholar of University College. As a postgraduate she studied choral conducting at the Royal Academy of Music, winining several prizes and becoming the first Open Academy Fellow: she now teaches part-time at the RAM.
Esther is Associate Director of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and Musical Director of Brighton Festival Youth Choir and the Esterhazy Singers of London. She directs Slough Philharmonic Chorus and UBS Choral Society, and is a senior tutor on the Royal School of Church Music’s Church Music Skills programme.