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Rebecca Johnson

Musical Director

Rebecca Johnson was born in the North East of England and attended the Royal Northern College of Music Junior Department at the age of 10. She then studied both cello and piano at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester before accepting a scholarship to study piano with Richard McMahon at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. During this time she also performed regularly across the UK; performing Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No 1 with RWCMD Symphony Orchestra in Cardiff's Coal Exchange, at the Conservatoire de Musique in Australia, as well as winning the Eric Hodges Memorial Prize for the performance of a Beethoven Sonata.

After graduating, Rebecca worked as a lounge pianist on cruise ships for a short time before returning to her roots in the North East. Solo and chamber performances include two recitals at the Northern Aldborough Festival and a recital as part of the Hereford Concert Series and with Teesside Music Society as part of the Walton Trio. In 2011 Rebecca performed the Chamber Version of the Chopin Piano Concerto No 2 with the New World Quartet at the newly established Norton Music Festival.

Rebecca has achieved a diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS) is currently working towards completing her CME (Certificate of Music Education) and enjoys a wide range of musical endeavours including accompanying, choir leading and delivering concerts and workshops in schools. She particularly enjoys the work she does with national organization Streetwise Opera, which explores and performs opera with people who have experienced homelessness, as well as her work with musinc, a Teesside based project leading workshops with young people in challenging circumstances.

In addition to playing and delivering music, Rebecca recently set up the new 'Shine Festival', and currently works at Middlesbrough Town Hall where she is managing the 'Accompany' Programme: activities and events which support the development of young musicians in the Tees Valley.

Rebecca took over as Musical Director of the Guisborough Choral Society on 6th September 2017.

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Past Conductors :Angella Bennett | Michael Summers | Olwen Cameron |