La Nova Singers have become known for promoting women's choral music, however the group initially began as a training ground for advanced pupils of founder and conductor, Michelle Nova. The singers continue to be selected from among her pupils: all members are trained in Bel Canto technique by Michelle. It is this shared voice training which helps their voices to blend and creates a harmonious, unified sound. We are happy to hear from those interested in learning with Michelle, with the intention of joining the choir. More information on singing lessons is available at her website, lanovastudios.co.uk.
Although the choir is split into three main vocal lines - first soprano, second soprano and alto - in reality the majority of the singers have soprano voices.
Anne McCloy - First Soprano
Anne hails from Scotland and is a dramatic lyric soprano, known for her sense of humour and her extraordinary shoes! By day she is a veterinary surgeon, and prior to joining the choir she was a member of a rock band. Anne performed the solo in Mascagni's 'Easter Hymn' (from Cavalleria Rusticana) during La Nova Singers' performance in Christchurch Priory.
Josephine Duncan - First Soprano
Josie is a choral veteran, having previously been a member of the award-winning Highcliffe Junior Choir. She has a degree in costume and theatre design, and is currently putting her artistic flair to practical use in the education sector. Josie is frequently heard as a soloist at La Nova Singers' concerts, and has recently begun to perform more operatic pieces.
Amy McIntosh - First Soprano
Amy studied Drama at The University of Exeter and is currently training to be a Drama and English teacher. Having had Classical Dance, Singing and Drama tuition from a young age, Amy is a seasoned performer, playing a variety of roles in both professional and amateur theatre. Her most recent role in Musical Theatre was Maria in West Side Story where she showed her dedication to her craft by dyeing her hair brunette and getting a fake tan that turned her body a rather hideous tangerine colour for several weeks.
Rebecca Notherwood - First Soprano
Familiar to La Nova audiences as our resident page-turner, Rebecca has now ascended to the dizzy heights of the soprano section. A proper biography is coming soon...
Debbie Lloyd - First Soprano
Debbie is one of our Event Organisers, and can be contacted about booking the choir for your wedding, funeral or corporate event (although if it's actually your funeral, we'd be surprised. And a bit scared). This keeps her very busy! She has been singing in choirs all her life, including numerous performances on Southern Television with local legend Fred Dineage. She sometimes seems to know everyone in Christchurch. If you live in Christchurch, you probably already know her.
Holly Stroud - First Soprano
Holly is an illustrator; a wrangler of invoices for Pavilion Dance South West; and La Nova Singers' PR representative. She built this website, but accepts no liability for any typographical errors or unflattering photographs. She has a degree in Psychology from the University of Southampton, but is currently unable to read minds.
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Jennifer Evans - Second Soprano
Jennie has been singing with La Nova Studios for a long time, and is an accomplished soloist. She has performed the famous 'Pie Jesu' in Fauré's Requiem, and recently sang Purcell's 'If Music Be the Food of Love' at our Shakespeare-themed concert in Christchurch Priory. Having recently qualified as a solicitor and moved out of the area, Jennie has tried to leave the choir, but has been roped in yet again to perform with us in Summer 2017! Hooray!
Virginia Strauss - Second Soprano
Virginia is the choir's Treasurer, keeper of the cheque book and collector of our monthly subs. At each AGM she delights us with beautiful spreadsheets. Her salad is legendary at informal dinnertime rehearsals, and recently she also orchestrated a magnificent picnic for a trip to Glyndebourne. This is a valuable skill set.
Pat Collins - Second Soprano
Professor Pat has been with La Nova Singers since the beginning, and is our resident academic. She encourages us to rehearse by bribing us with wine (sometimes the appropriately named 'Brindisi') and amazing cheese bread. She is one half of an infamous feline double-act when performing Rossini's Cat Duet; and (less illustriously) the co-author of Michelle's book, 'Bel Canto: Art and Science".
Rachel Scivier - Second Soprano
Rachel not only studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, but is one of four trained nurses in the choir. Watch her duet with her mother Su Convy, singing the Barcarolle, on YouTube. Musical talent is strong within this family!
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Alison Ogden - Second Soprano
Alison studied singing and violin at Dartington College of Arts and Trinity College of Music. She has sung with various ensembles and in some amazing places: La Scala (Milan), Aya Irene (Istanbul), Taormina Amphitheatre (Sicily) and the Minack Theatre (Penzance). Alison was Assistant to the Director of Opera at the Royal College of music and is now an administrator at Sarum College, Salisbury Cathedral Close.
Anne Terkelsen - Alto
Anne is Production Manager in animation at a local university, and with her digital painting skills, she is the creative mind behind many of our concert posters. In earlier days, she played 2nd clarinet in Esbjerg Youth Symphony Orchestra in her native land of Denmark. She is a gifted solo performer, memorably singing the 'trouser' role of Cherubino in an extract from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro at Somerley House. She rides a motorbike.
Su Buckler - Alto
Su has had a life-long involvement in classical music, from choral singing, G&S and playing the violin in her school days, to becoming a founder member of La Nova Singers in 2004. Earlier this year she met renowned early music soprano Emma Kirkby, who told her she has "singers' cheekbones"! In 2012 she was awarded 2nd place in the Purcell class of the Bournemouth Music Festival - and will not stop until she has won...
Liz Carter - Alto
Liz joined La Nova Singers in 2011, after being directed by Michelle in a performance of 'Rumours of Angels' in Bournemouth Square. Her school Madrigal society won Choir of the South West and toured Prague, and she was also in Bournemouth Symphony Chorus before taking a break from singing to raise a family. She used to be an acupuncturist, but now works in PR in the charity sector. Liz is also our Events and Booking Agent; you can contact her about hiring La Nova Singers for your special event.
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Kate Gollins - Alto
Kate is the newest recruit to our Alto line. A full biography is coming soon...
Remembering Su C
Su Convy - First Soprano
Su was one of the founding members of La Nova Singers, and was known for being able to tackle Baroque repertoire and wartime classics with equal ease. She was a naturally talented singer, and had a wonderful warm personality and sense of humour. Sadly Su passed away in 2016, but she lives on in the beautiful music she created, and in her family.