Musical Director

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Lorna Parkhouse is a professional musician and qualified teacher based in Shropshire. She studied for her music degree at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, having completed grade 8 piano at the age of 11.

Having gained her music degree, Lorna worked as a very successful self-employed musician based in London, and worked across Europe in a wide variety of roles including, piano concertos in Paris, Rouen and Budapest, Musical Director of the satirical comedy show Newsrevue (residency in London plus touring), piano accompanist for the Association of British Choral Directors working with major choral composers and directors such as John Rutter and Bob Chilcott, and Musical Director of numerous UK based choirs and musical theatre groups over a period of 25 years.

Lorna moved from London to Shropshire in 1999 and quickly completed a Postgraduate teaching qualification to build upon her prior experiences of being Professor of Music at Blackheath Conservatoire of Music and RADA in London. She worked as a Head of Music in Wolverhampton for 6 years, producing school shows and performances, culminating in a hugely successful performance of Les Miserables to a sold out Grand Theatre in 2006. Lorna then worked in Telford for nearly 10 years as Assistant Headteacher before deciding that a life of paperwork and politics was taking her too far away from the two most important things in her life – Music and Motherhood!

Lorna now works again very happily as Head of Music in Shrewsbury and is delighted to have created a space in her life to fill with the Darby Singers. She brings a wealth of experience to this role, plus unbridled passion and enthusiasm for choral music of all styles. Lorna’s previous choirs have enjoyed long and happy years under her directorship, and she is hoping that this too is the beginning of a long and beautiful relationship!