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Belinda Yates

Belinda Yates GRSM ARCM

Belinda studied at the Royal College of Music and since then has given many performances as a soloist, in recital, opera and with chamber choir. She was awarded a Young Artists Platform BBC recital and has performed abroad for the British Council. Belinda appears as a soloist on a number of classical CDs with music ranging from Purcell to Poulenc.

Having been a regular member of the Monteverdi Choir, her opera experiences include a memorable production of “The Trojans” by Berlioz in Paris conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner & touring the Far East performing Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas". Other projects include work in New York & California and performing with the LSO & Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in Europe and at the BBC Proms.

She performs regularly with her accompanist Heather Chamberlain in recital and they have presented nearly 200 performances around the UK with “In Voice and Verse".

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Heather Chamberlain

Heather Chamberlain LRAM ARCM LTCL

Heather studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Alexander Kelly (piano), Georgina Dobree (clarinet) and Wilfrid Parry (chamber music). She has enjoyed a varied career as accompanist, instrumental and class music teacher, chamber music coach, amateur singer, conductor, freelance organist and director of music at several North London churches.

She has collaborated with soprano, Belinda Yates, in several recitals and interesting projects such as the launch of the Shakespeare Collection, the 400th anniversaries of the poets Edmund Waller and John Milton, verse and music entertainments at dinners and parties, as well as recording a number of CDs. Other innovative ideas for “anniversary” programmes are being planned and developed.

Heather works regularly with violinist, Miranda Walton, and pianist, Luisa Valmori-Sen, with whom she has enjoyed exploring a wide and varied repertoire.

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Lance Pierson

Lance Pierson MA. Dip Theol

Lance is an actor and professional poetry performer who has been entertaining audiences across the country for the last 14 years. As a lifelong poetry-lover Lance aims to take published poetry off the page and bring it to life. He has performed light-hearted entertainments and biographies of famous poets at venues from the Victoria and Albert Museum and St Paul’s Cathedral to the Ledbury Poetry Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

His biographical shows cover the lives and work of George Herbert, William Cowper, Gerald Manley Hopkins and John Betjeman. He also regularly leads guided walks around poetry sites in London.

Poetry is only one of the “worlds” in which Lance is involved. He also offers one-man shows of sketches, stories and poems to churches and a variety of groups as an alternative to a speaker.

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Lance Pierson

Geoffrey House

Geoffrey served in the Royal Air Force for 33 years and retired as a Wing Commander in 1996. Living in Suffolk he continued working for 20 years with the Oddfellows as a Branch Secretary until he retired, again, in 2017.

Geoffrey has lived in Bury St Edmunds since 2007 where he has many connections with the Cathedral of St Edmundsbury. He has been a long-term follower of In Voice and Verse and is delighted to be able to join them as a performer.

Lance Pierson

Andrew Graystone

Andrew’s first introduction to performance came when he made the original cast recording of Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. From there he was invited to appear in Gian Carlo Menotti’s operetta Amahl and the Night Visitors for BBC2. Then his voice broke and his musical career came to a crashing halt!

Much later, Andrew worked for BBC Religion as a producer and Development Executive in religious programmes. He has written for The Guardian, The Church Times, and Third Way magazine. He regularly writes and present programmes for BBC Radio 2 and Radio 4, including Daily Service and Sunday Worship. He teaches communications at Manchester University.

Andrew has performed at venues from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to Westminster Abbey, as well as the Edinburgh Festival and the Bridgewater Hall.

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