Graham has been the musical director of Lytham Community Choir since it was formed in February 2011. He grew up in Blackpool studying Electronic Organ, Piano and Clarinet music under Val George, John Askew, Brian Harrison and Ray Wilkes. He started playing in local hotels and restaurants from the age of 13 and continues to enjoy the occasional gig.
Cath Powell MBE
Manager & Founder
Cath has been involved in several local groups and has instigated many community initiatives, helping to raise thousands of pounds along the way. In 2011 Cath was awarded an MBE for her service to the community in Lytham.
Cath says “After watching the choir on the TV with Gareth Malone, I thought I wonder if anyone in Lytham would be interested?” After a post on facebook and an article in the local press 300 arrived at the first rehearsal and the Lytham Community Choir was born. Cath believes in people power, and the power of the Community Choir to enhance the lives of it’s members is testament to that.
Accompanist & Assistant Director
Andrew is delighted to accompany the Lytham Community Choir. He grew up in Somerset and was taught the piano and organ in Wells. From an early age, he accompanied church services and played the piano for a swing band during his school years.
At college in London (Digby Stuart College, Roehampton Institute), he contined to play the organ for services and also accompanied music students in concerts and for exams. He also played keyboards for a band.
After gaining a degree in English, Andrew worked in the retail motor trade for six years before studying for his Post Graduate Certificate in Education and gaining his first teaching post in Blackpool in 1991.
Andrew is an Assistant Headteacher at Saint Bede’s where he leads the English department and enjoys supporting the rich musical life of the school through accompanying events such as the Carol Service.
On Sundays and on other occasions, Andrew can be found accompanying services at Saint Mark’s Church, Layton where he is the organist.