About Us

Ross Penyard Singers were formed in October 2000 to provide an opportunity for people of any age and experience to sing together.

Our repertoire covers a wide range of music, from baroque to pop. We perform two concerts per year, usually in May and November. We also sing occasionally at weddings and charity events and have a carol concert in Ross just before Christmas. Dates for concerts are agreed at the start of our season (September) and we try to bring a different musical flavour to each concert.

We do not hold auditions. The only requirement for membership is an enthusiasm for singing. It helps to be able read music, but if you can’t then we can provide support. If you like to sing, then do join us!

Our Music Director – Sammy Martin

 

Sammy Martin is Liverpool born and bred. She trained under Rosemary Braga in piano and harpsichord whilst conducting local church choirs. Braga had previously taught Simon Rattle. After seven years of study, Sammy’s hair still wasn’t as curly as Rattles’. Acknowledging this limitation, she then packed all belongings into her trusty old car and travelled down the M6 to study conducting with Colin Touchin at the University of Warwick. Sammy was very soon directing large choirs, ensembles, and musicals.

Sammy puts her directing abilities down to being the oldest child of seven: being in charge was inevitable! The juxtaposition of Rosemary Braga training and Liverpool’s popular music culture meant that Sammy developed a love of both classical and modern – from Hildegard of Bingen, Byrd, and Bach to the Beatles and Gerry and the Pacemakers. More recently, this has led to winning awards at The Leamington Festival in consecutive years, and the Classic FM Music Teacher of the Year award. Sammy’s Warwickshire Villagers’ Choir was a mix of professional and non-professional musicians who performed high church to folk both locally and nationally.

The Ross Penyard Singers, with their array of repertoire ranging from the classical to the modern in easy meanderings, was then the perfect fit. So, when Sammy moved to the area, she was excited to find the RPS were looking for a new director. Sammy and her husband Andrew (who will be persuaded by his wife to accompany the choir with his guitar and drumming skills) are looking forward to the coming concerts. In June of this year, Andrew walked into Sammy’s music room, heard the Christmas carols she was working on, turned around and left the room, saying “And so it begins…!” Indeed, it does!

 

Past Music Directors

 

2022 – 2023: Pippa Wright

2018 – 2022: Peter Johnson

2012 – 2018: John Frith

2000 – 2012: Tony Washington

Ross-on-Wye Town Council

 

Ross Penyard Singers are grateful to Ross-on-Wye Town Council and the Mayor of Ross-on-Wye for their ongoing support. Thank you!