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Our Judges

We are delighted to introduce you to our Last Choir Singing Competition judges. Being experts in the music and entertainment industry makes them well placed to judge our wonderful choirs and because of that we’re very happy to have them. If you would like to learn more about them, please read their biographies below.

BBC Radio Lancashire

Sponsor & Regional News and Programming Station

John Gillmore

Gilly joined BBC Radio Lancashire in July 2005. He now presents the hugely popular 12-4pm programme.
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Tyndale Thomas

Tyndale Thomas MBE

World-renowned Gospel Musician & Educationalist

Tyndale Thomas

The Manchester-based singer, composer and choir director Tyndale Thomas MBE has been a hugely important behind-the-scenes figure in British gospel’s development.
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Simon Bowman

International Vocalist

Simon Bowman

Simon Bowman is perhaps best known for creating the role of Chris in the original London production of Miss Saigon at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, which opened in September 1989.
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Tom Newall

Tom Newall

British Conductor

Tom Newall

Tom Newall is a British conductor and his engagements cover a spectrum of work including opera, orchestral and choral pieces and musical theatre.
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Martin Westhorp

Musical Director

Martin Westhorp

Martin began his music studies at an early age, learning piano, and singing in local school, church and festival choirs.
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Paul Nuttall

Managing Director
Reidy’s Music Store

Paul Nuttall

Reidy’s Home of Music is one of the largest music instrument retailers in the UK. As Managing Director of Reidy’s, Paul Nuttall has spent his whole career in music.
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Jonathan Ansell

Jonathan Ansell

British Tenor with G4

Jonathan Ansell

Jonathan Ansell is one of the UK’s most admired young tenors, with a unique ability to truly connect with his audience through the gift of his soaring high tenor voice.
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Susan Eames

Singing Teacher & Choral Director

Susan Eames

Susan studied singing at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where she also worked closely with the Welsh National Opera.
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Stephen Harris

Stephen Harris

Freelance Choral Director

Stephen Harris

Stephen Harris is a Freelance Choral Director. He was born in Gloucester and studied at the Royal College of Music in London.
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Debbie-Jones

Debbie Jones

Singer

Debbie Jones

Debbie Jones BA(Hons) DipMus(open) ALCM (php) was born in the North West of England and was immersed in music from the word go.
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Chris Eaton

Classic Songwriter

Chris Eaton

Chris Eaton has developed a profile as one of Britain’s classic songwriters.
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Steve Balsamo

Singer-songwriter

Steve Balsamo

Steve Balsamo is a singer-songwriter from Swansea, Wales.
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Margaret-Foxley

Margaret Foxley

Co-Founder of Jessica Foxley Music Projects

Margaret Foxley

Co-Founder of Jessica Foxley Music Projects.
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Kadria-Thomas

Kadria Thomas

Choral Director, Singer/Songwriter

Kadria Thomas

In 1999 Kadria, along with Tyndale Thomas co-founded Urban Voice.

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Shirley Court

Shirley Court

Vocal and Choral Specialist

Shirley Court

Shirley Court was appointed as Director of the Hallé Children’s Choir in September 2008.

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Steven Roberts

Steven Roberts

Conductor and Musical Director

Steven Roberts

Steven has been privileged to conduct in many of the country’s most prestigious concert halls.

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John-Philip Bowen

John-Philip Bowen

Tenor and Entertainer

John-Philip Bowen

Jean-Philip Bowen is a tenor and entertainer and has performed all over the world.

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