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.
He studied music at Colchester Institute where he gained an Honours Degree and went on to study for his Post Graduate Certificate of Education at Canterbury Christ Church College.
Graham has taught music at Saint Bede’s since January 2000 where he leads a successful department. He has a keen interest in music for the church. He started a worship band at All Saints Church, Anchorsholme which he developed over several years.
In conjunction with Lancashire Music Service he recently established the Lytham Youth Singers, also based at Saint Bede’s.
Cath Powell MBE
Lytham Comunity Choir is managed by a small group fronted by forbidable duo of Cath and Anne who have been friends for over 40 years and have been responsible for many community initiatives in Lytham. From street parties, to flower festivals, bellringing to fund raising. Anne is the vice chair of Lytham club day and Cath is the Festival organiser, they founded Park View 4U and help to organise events such as the walking nativity and Passion Play.
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.