Sharon Duggan - Choral Director/Music Arranger
As well as being the choir's founder and choral director, Sharon is a professional singer, singing teacher, vocal & performance coach as well as the artist manager for Eleanore & the Lost. She set up the choir at Cranleigh Arts Centre in January 2006, where it has had it's home ever since.
Sharon is also a qualified teacher with the benefit of a formal classical singing training alongside working as a contemporary singer. She has taught at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, been Cranleigh Arts Centre's singing tutor from 2001-6. She was singing tutor for the West Sussex Adult & Community Learning Service from 2006-10 and has taught at Hurtwood House School. She is also now the singing tutor at Box Hill School in Dorking as well as running a busy private practice.
Eleanore Duggan - Principal Soloist/
Principal Music Arranger
Eleanore has been the choir's principal soloist since it started in 2006 as well as undertaking the majority of the music arrangements. Working predominantly as a singer/songwriter and composer, Eleanore has an exceptional voice with a vocal range of 4 octaves.
Eleanore is also the lead singer, composer and lyricist for her band Eleanore & the Lost and is currently finishing off her second album of original songs. Her credits to date include:
"asmakam - the quest" an orchestral album which went to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2008;
"Parlour Game" - her debut album of original songs;
4 singles including a commission from the environmental charity WWF to compose the theme song for their 50th anniversary "My True Nature", which also acted as a stimulus piece for a national competition aimed at 11-16 year olds;
"The Dreaming" and "Midsummer Lullaby" commissioned for the independent film "Dreaming the Dream"and were released as a double A side single. Eleanore's music is available on all major download sites.
Eleanore also performs in the acoustic function duo The Pretty Upbeats with her fiance, Benjamin Fawson.
Benjamin Fawson - Guest Soloist
We're blessed to have Benjamin as one of our soloists as his voice is gorgeous! He is a very busy jobbing musician whose credits include performances at The Ritz Hotel in London, playing on two BBC TV series soundtracks ("Zen" and "The 7:39") as well as supporting both Simply Red and Status Quo on tour.
He is also the vocalist and guitarist for The Winklepickers as well as being the other vocalist and the guitarist in acoustic function duo The Pretty Upbeats (link above).
Philip Ball - Guest Soloist
We're also thrilled to have Phil Ball as our other guest soloist with his beautiful tenor tones! After graduating from the Royal Academy of Music, Phil worked as a tenor at the Paris Opera, at Covent Garden as extra chorus and then at English National Opera for twenty years where he undertook both house soloist and chorus roles. In addition to this, his numerous credits include many choral society solo performances eg. Carmina Burana, Verdi's Requiem.