Who's who?

Russell Medley (Director of Music) was born in Cheshire and is a graduate of the RNCM. He has been the Musical Director of Sale Choral Society, since 1983, having been accompanist since 1972. 

Russell has been Musical Director to The Lindow Singers since 2002. He is a Senior Vocal Coach/Repetiteur at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he studied piano, double bass, composition and conducting. He then studied for two years at post-graduate level, obtaining a Performer's Diploma with distinction in accompaniment.
He has accompanied singers at recitals and master classes throughout the UK. He has performed in the Channel Islands, Finland, Sweden and Denmark and has taken part in recordings for the BBC, ITV and RTE. He is an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, which has taken him to Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, South Africa, Uganda, Holland, Italy, Austria and many parts of the UK.

Russell is Musical Director of the Northern England Chorale and has conducted them during tours of Finland and Cyprus, and vists to Prague, Vienna, Bratislava and Delft. He has worked with many choral societies as conductor and organist and was Assistant Chorus Master to the Halle Chorus for eight years.

As Chorus Master of the Chamber Choir and Opera Chorus at the RNCM, he has been involved in many major opera productions. As well as a thriving private teaching practice in singing and piano, he is tutor in piano at Moreton Hall School, Shropshire, and a tutor at the Centre for Young Musicians in The Hague.

Roderick Barrand (Accompanist) is a graduate of Manchester University and the RNCM and is also on the staff of the 

RNCM. As well as his work with students, he coaches singers well known on the operatic stage and performs with instrumentalists such as the violinist Yossi Zivoni.