Elaine Wilson - Musical Director
Music is a cornerstone of Elaine's life. Aged nine, she joined her first choir, where she later became organist aged only 11. At Boston High School, she belonged to various choirs enjoying the annual BBC Radio School Choirs Competitions in Leeds. Whilst a music undergraduate, She sang with the Huddersfield Choral Society and enjoyed singing in The Proms and of course, all those Messiahs. Students were expected to have a third 'study', so with Clarinet being her first and Piano her second, Elaine took formal singing lessons for the first time.
After Graduation and a short spell of music classroom teaching , she moved to Cambridge & sang with various choirs, also teaching clarinet & piano, whilst embarking on a career in the NHS, gaining qualifications of SRN and RMN, training in Psychiatry and Midwifery and eventually gaining a Health Visiting Diploma and after 35 years practise and various senior Community roles, Elaine left the NHS.
Next she undertook a new Teaching Diploma and established Pheonix Music Tuition in Lincoln, gained an Advanced Diploma level in Counselling at Lincoln College and began using various forms of music therapy with young people and adults who wish to learn an instrument for a range of personal reasons. Elaine continues this valuable work today. Elaine also founded Phoenix Clarinet Choir as a spin off from her music tuition. Moving to Nottinghamshire in 2010 and her family almost grown up, Elaine soon felt she was needing to join a choir again for relaxation and pleasure. In 2012 The Greasley Singers gave her a very warm welcome and another chapter began.
Jean Thomas - Accompanist
Jean's love of the piano began when she was given lessons in the small Yorkshire village where she lived, at the age of six. Her talent for playing was nurtured and by the age of 13 she was her school choir's accompanist until a much larger group required her magic fingers and she became, at 15, the accompanist of the Bradford Choral Society. Three years later Jean went on to study at the prestigious Royal Academy, where she learnt to play the viola as her second instrument, finally graduating with GRSM, ARCM in performing and also LRAM for teaching.
Following her degree she taught music in both the public and private sector to all ages. Since retiring as a class teacher, Jean continued to teach pupils cello and piano and for her own musical pleasure she plays cello in a Baroque group and small orchestra.
"Accompanying others is my greatest pleasure"
Jean tells us, which seems pretty obvious for as well as having been our accompanist for well over ten years, she accompanies several other choirs and the Long Eaton Operatic Society.
The Greasley Singers feel very privileged to have Jean as their accompanist.
Rob Edwards - Chair
Rob Edwards is chair of the Greasley Singers and its deputy accompanist. Rob studied music and piano in school and in college his interest in music continued playing for the annual pantomime and charity events in the pub. He said;
“Thursday nights were music nights – after Top of the Pops everyone would pick up an instrument and start singing – if you couldn’t play an instrument there was always a set of spoons or tin tray to add to the percussion section."
Rob began singing in a choir in his twenties in Berkshire and Joined the Greasley Singers after moving to Nottingham in 2007. He is also a member of the Eastwood Collieries Male Voice Choir, where he first met Gloria Preece, the founder of the Greasley Singers.