Lizzie is a singing teacher who has created and performed in many groups and partnerships. After eighteen years in Special Educational Needs, she set up her singing teaching business Unlock the Music, holding pupil concerts and inviting musical friends to participate. These formed the basis for UMCM.
Elizabeth has been playing the flute for over 15 years and took Grade 8 in 2012. She plays locally with the Heart of England Co-operative Concert Orchestra, Warwick Orchestral Winds and Oriflamme Ensemble.
Patsy studies singing with Lizzie. She is developing a formidable repertoire, including arias, English Song, comedic music hall songs and unaccompanied folk songs, and enjoys storytelling and acting. She is an accomplished craftswoman and makes all her own props.
Darrell studied Physical Theatre at the University of Sussex. He has a unique ability to collaborate with musicians and writers, and has created some stunning performance pieces. Darrell specialises in physical theatre, salsa and street dance, and runs his own dance company.
Chris went to school mainly in Khartoum, Sudan (junction of Blue and White Niles). He acts with Criterion and Belgrade and is retired from 30+ years in computing. Chris has contributed original and classic monologues and poetry and is a member of morris dancing side Coventry Morris.
Andy enjoys group singing and directs and sings with unaccompanied singing groups Zenith Harmony, the Medieval Boyz and Côr Cymraeg Coventry. He has achieved Grade 8 in singing and Associate Diploma in Piano. Andy enjoys playing and singing at folk clubs in the area.
Nick Le Mesurier
Nick writes plays, fiction and non-fiction, and has contributed monologues, song lyrics and narratives for dancers, actors and musicians. One of his plays was toured by Bootleg Theatre Company in Autumn 2015.
Austin has been studying singing for many years now and has always been a popular performer and excellent role model for younger singers. Now in his mid eighties his voice is as strong as ever and he continues to delight with his robust and romantic style.
Chris has recently taken up singing after a 12 year break. He enjoys taking on new and old pieces with a beautiful tenor voice and a particular love of doing unexpected and challenging songs.
Jim has developed our theatrical performances, hosts some of our events, and performs the occasional comedic monologue. He also runs workshops and directs rehearsals for the performers. In the past he has started a theatre company and played in a rock band.
Behind the scenes staff
Martin set up UMCM charitable trust and is currently supporting UMCM as treasurer. Martin has worked hard at fundraising and applying for grants on behalf of UMCM, including our project of restoring the Bechstein piano at St John the Baptist.
Elaine is a keen amateur singer and sings with several church choirs. Since becoming involved with UMCM, Elaine has performed at many events, is part of our management team, and is always involved in ensuring that events run smoothly on the day.