Graham Warrington
Musical Director

Graham has been the musical director of Lytham Community Choir since it was formed in February 2012.  He grew up in Blackpool studying Electronic Organ, Piano and Clarinet 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 busy music department.  He also plays the tenor saxophone in a local swing band, ‘Switched On Swing’ and occasionally plays the organ for services at Saint Nicholas Church, Wrea Green.

In conjunction with Lancashire Music Service he established the Lytham Youth Choir, also based at Saint Bede’s.

14355852_10206823840261886_1003607069_n-215x215Cath 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.

picture-068Andrew Barnett
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 has recently retired from St Bedes School where he was Assistant Head.

On Sundays and on other occasions, Andrew can be found accompanying services at Saint Mark’s Church, Layton where he is the organist.