People

Musical Director, Richard Vendome is both the foundation and inspiration for the choir. He has a long history of surrounding himself with exceptional teachers who bring a unique mix of talent and enthusiasm to the choir. This combination of experience and excellence, youthfulness, dynamism and just enough realism is the key to the choir's success.

Richard Vendome

Musical Director & Senior Girls

Biography

Richard Vendome's earliest choir-training experience was at St Francis’ Church, Cowley, where he was organist from the age of 14. He went on to study organ, piano and composition at the Royal College of Music, and took singing lessons as a countertenor. He sang in several London choirs and at weekends directed the music at St Giles’ Church, Oxford. Having won a scholarship to The Queen’s College, Oxford, he continued his organ studies with James Dalton and later with Lady Susi Jeans. After graduating Richard was appointed Organist at Exeter College and stayed on to research 16th-17th century…

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Penelope 'Peps' Martin-Smith

Assistant Director & Boys’ Programme Director

Biography

Penelope "Peps" Martin-Smith is Director of the Boys Choirs and Assistant Director of the Senior Girls’ Choir. Peps has a B.Mus. degree from Goldsmiths, University of London, and a singing diploma from the Guildhall School of Music. She has worked with us extensively in the past, founding our boys’ choir and assisting with the girls' choirs from 1991 until 2009. She is also Vocal Director of Vivaldi's Women, a professional group based on former members of Oxford Girls' Choir. She performs widely as a soprano soloist, has a large teaching practice and is singing teacher…

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Louise Taylor

Junior Girls

Biography

Louise Taylor studied at the RNCM, obtaining her ARCM in piano performance before going on to study music at Hertford College, Oxford. After completing a postgraduate year at the RCM under Peter Wallfisch, she worked as a peripatetic music teacher for several years then took her PGCE. She taught in primary schools before becoming Head of Music at the Dragon Pre-Prep then Director of Music at Oxford High Junior School. She also performs herself as an accompanist and chamber musician. She has many years’ experience of teaching both in the classroom and with individuals and choirs. She worked as accompanist…

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Tom Anderson

Junior Girls

Biography

Tom Anderson started singing as a chorister with the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral choir school, St. Edward’s College. He is passionate about vocal and choral singing and has sung with many excellent choirs, including several Oxford chamber choirs. Tom majored in classical piano performance at graduate level, he holds several diplomas in piano and vocal performance and a MA with distinction from Sheffield University. Alongside this he has also performed and written music with various rock bands. He has over twenty years of performing, teaching and directing experience as the Director of Music in three UK secondary schools, and he…

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Emily Bowden

Prep 1 and Prep 2

Biography

Emily is an alumna of Oxford Girls’ Choir, which started her love of singing. Throughout her career as a Classics teacher and Head of Year in secondary schools she has run a cappella choirs and is now a freelance musician and tutor. Emily specialises in creating a welcoming, warm and supportive atmosphere. Her friendly and enthusiastic approach is guaranteed to increase the confidence and musicianship of the children in her care. Emily read Classics at Durham and is currently studying Jazz Choir Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in Denmark.

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Hannah Rhodes (on sabbatical)

Prep 1 and Prep 2

Biography

Hannah Rhodes is a freelance musician and works as a teacher, performer and composer. Hannah has a toddler, Margot, who also takes up a lot of her time! Hannah directs the prep choirs at Oxford Youth Choirs and has enjoyed leading music workshops in a variety of Early Years settings for Oxford Contemporary Music and Wild Boor Ideas. She taught classroom music, piano lessons and directed choirs at St Gregory the Great Primary School and St John Fisher Primary School for a number of years. Much of Hannah's experience of facilitating music with Early Years comes from composing the music for…

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Margaret Lingas

Vocal Coach

Biography

Margaret Lingas was born in Cyprus, raised (mostly) in Oxfordshire, and completed her BMus and Linguistics minor at the University of Victoria, Canada, where she studied with Benjamin Butterfield. Margaret’s formal music training began when she joined Oxford Girls’ Choir at the age of 11, and she is thrilled to be back teaching with an organisation that played such an important part in her musical development. As a female soprano based in a city where many of the most stable singing and educational posts are traditionally reserved for men and boys, she feels especially strongly about empowering other women and…

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David Palmer

Senior Girls and Boys Accompanist

Biography

David Palmer (b.1997) recently graduated from Oxford University (Worcester College) with a First-Class BA in music, and now works as a freelance composer, pianist and tutor in Oxford. A former Oxford University Music Society president and OUMS Chamber Music manager, David held an academic scholarship, an Instrumental Award, and a scholarship to perform with the University’s contemporary music ensemble. Before beginning his composition studies with Robert Saxton in Oxford, David was a composer for the National Youth Orchestra GB (2014-16) and attended the Junior Royal Northern College of Music (2012-16). Awards at the JRNCM included the Friends of the JRNCM…

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Amy Chang

Prep 1, Prep 2 and Senior Girls

Biography

Amy couldn't keep away after accompanying the Senior Girls’ Choir for two years, and has since enjoyed covering for the Prep and Boys’ choirs on occasion. She grew up in Sheffield and has a decade of experience working with choral groups, including local ones such as Sheffield Youth Choirs and Stannington Choir, as well as university choirs in both Oxford and Sheffield. Amy recently graduated from Oxford University with a First-Class BA in music. She now works as assistant editor in the music department at Oxford University Press and is a keen champion of music by female…

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Eve Madeley-Wyatt

Administrator

Biography

I have over 10 years experience working as an administrator in various settings, including publishing, church and the charity sector. I am also currently the membership secretary for Mothers' Union in the Diocese of Oxford. I really enjoy making things run smoothly and helping people to be able to undertake their role as smoothly as possible too. I also run my own photography business, Isha Photography since 2008 and love photographing people and events. I have a beautiful daughter called Laleh (Farsi for tulip) born in 2018 and a Siamese cat called Evie. I don't have any musical background…

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Daisy Livesey

Head Girl and Librarian

Biography

Daisy joined Oxford Girls Choir in 2010 and is currently studying for her A levels in her final year at Didcot Girls School (Sixth Form). Daisy loves to sing opera, in particular Mozart arias. She is a keen musician. As well as her Dip.ABRSM in voice, Daisy has Grade 8 (Distinction) in violin and Grade 7 (Distinction) in piano.

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Trustees

Jon Livesey Chair
Geoff Sutton Treasurer
Nick Wenbam-Smith Secretary
Prof Helen McShane
Dr Nilanjana Banerji
Esther Livesey
Charlotte Hicks
David Jones
Dr Nilushi Weerapperuma
Ed Conroy

Patrons

Roderick Williams OBE, Lord & Lady Berkeley, Sir Andrew & Lady Dilnot, Tim Gardam, Professor Edward Higginbottom, Dr Rebecca Surender, Dr Ruth Davis