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The Chippendale Singers

a mixed voice choir based in Otley

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The Founder Conductor of the Chippendale Singers, Margaret J Smith LRAM GRSM, was steeped in choral music of all kinds from a very young age and held an early ambition to be a choral conductor, following in the footsteps of her father and grandfather. Having trained at the Royal Academy of Music in London for 4 years as a pianist and violinist, she entered the teaching profession and for twenty years was Director of Music at a prestigious Yorkshire school. Since retiring from full-time teaching, she has carved out a second career as an Adjudicator member of the British Federation of Festivals. This work has taken her all over England and Northern Ireland and has included the Coleraine International Choral Festival on several occasions.

Twenty years after founding the choir Margaret decided, with great reluctance, to “hand over the baton” so that she could give more time to some of her other activities. We thank Margaret for her tremendous dedication and hard work over the last twenty years.                                                                                                July 2010