Committee


Chair: Joe Peacock

Joe first came to a Notorious rehearsal in 2009, having realised that he was never going to be a rockstar, but feeling a need to carry on doing something musical. He was quickly hooked by the challenge of singing classical pieces in Latin one term and then pop songs in a pub the next. His highlight (and also scariest moment) of the seven years he’s been in the choir came last year, performing at a packed and very rowdy O2 Academy with Birmingham indie rock band The Twang. Joe feels very proud to be taking on the role of Chair at such a key time for the choir and cannot wait to be a part of making the 20th anniversary the most successful year ever for Notorious.

Musical Director: Clare Edwards

Clare is the independent creative producer and general dynamo who started Notorious 20 years ago. Her friends wanted a choir which fitted with their lives and lifestyles: a choir with a difference. Clare started that choir: Notorious. She is Creative Producer for the Voices Now choir festival at the Roundhouse in London and Special Projects Manager for massed school choir events for Young Voices around the UK and Europe. She also works for a number of other clients across the UK specialising in producing choir related events and has an increasing portfolio of international events working in Russia (World Choir Games), Austria (Sing Along Concerts with Simon Halsey) and Germany (Young Voices Germany) in 2016 alone.

Secretary: Charlotte Watkivs

Charlotte joined Notorious in 2015, after graduating from university and securing a in job in Birmingham. She began researching choirs in the area and was instantly drawn to the energy and eclectic musical mix of music which oozed out of the Notorious concerts. The first concert in which Charlotte partook saw arrangements of various different rock songs, many of which were accompanied by the band The Suits which was a highly lively and fun concert. The more traditional songs of the Shakespeare gig proved slightly more challenging, but still equally as enjoyable for Charlotte. Notorious fully lives up to its motto of choir with a difference!

Treasurer: Rosemary Dyson

Rosemary joined Notorious at the beginning of 2011 when she moved to Birmingham for work, following a recommendation from previous choir member and childhood friend Katharine Green. After an eclectic year including children’s music, horror film soundtracks and Mozart, she found herself completely hooked on all things Notorious, and took over as treasurer in 2012. This was probably inevitable once the rest of the choir found about her day job as a mathematician!

Friends: Julia Rosenbaum

My first concert with Notorious was the standing-room-only (literally) performance of Mozart’s Requiem at St Chad’s Cathedral and, in the eclectic style of Notorious, this was closely followed by Mamma Mia Mamma Mia – the Queen and Abba gig – at the James Brindley pub. I’ve performed a real mixture of wonderful music with Notorious with some of my favourites being Morten Lauridsen’s O Mag- num Mysterium, which appears on our Night and Day CD; The Body by Ian Chapman; and the Radiohead’s Paranoid Android. These days, I’m probably best known for my part in Notorious’ own horror film, The Viewing…and for hounding choir members to write for the infamous Notorious Friends’ Newsletter!

Events: Julia Richardson

Julia joined the choir 4 years ago after making a new years resolution to join an a capella choir! She was instantly drawn in by the variety of repertoire, interesting venues and friendly bunch of people. She was soon easily persuaded to join the committee as concerts manager, and has since planned gigs all over Birmingham. Her highlight to date was the Halloween gig in a coffin factory, complete with spooky tour! She enjoys the unique style and range of Notorious, from Cole Porter and Britten to Daft Punk and Muse, and is looking forward to the new and exciting music for the 20th anniversary year!

Publicity: Josie Evans

Josie joined the choir in 2014 – a memorable year in which Notorious were part of a 1000- strong group at Millennium Point for the world premiere of David Lang’s Crowd Out. We also did a brilliant Christmas in the Sun gig that included a personal favourite – White Wine in the Sun by Tim Michin. Other highlights include being part of an alto beatbox group at a Halloween gig at the Coffin Works, singing on a barge in the Dudley canal tunnels and performing on stage with Barry Manilow (featuring red shiny gospel choir robes and several dance routines). Josie joins the publicity role in 2016, in time for all the 20th anniversary celebrations!

Publicity: Meurig Gallagher

Meurig joined Notorious in 2015 having been introduced to the choir by fellow mathematician Rosemary. Notorious’ Dad Rock concert was the perfect start for him having previously cobbled together versions of several of the pieces for open mic nights. It didn’t take long for Meurig to get hooked on the music, and found himself performing to the biggest crowd of his life, supporting The Twang at the O2 Academy, which was swiftly dwarfed by Notorious’ support of Barry Manilow at the Genting Arena!