Lynette Alcántara

Lynette is a singing teacher to the boy choristers of The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Between January 2007 and July 2010 she also worked as choral animateur for the King’s College Chorister Outreach Project (part of the national SingUP project), supporting local primary teachers in developing their pupils’ interest in singing. As part of the project she founded and still conducts King’s Junior Voices.

Lynette is Director of Music at Wolfson College Cambridge where she conducts the college’s 50 voice choir and 16 voice chamber singers. At the CU Faculty of Music Lynette teaches the Vocal Health and Training component of the MMus in Choral Conducting Course and several of her MMus students have volunteered with KJV. She was an invited speaker at the International Society for Music Education conference in Greece in July 2012.

Her secondary school years were spent at a state music specialist school where she gained her love of choral music singing in its award winning choirs. Lynette went on to study musicology at Monash University (BA) and then took a double honours degree (gaining a First) in singing and music education at Melbourne University (BMusEd). She gained her earliest teaching and conducting experience with some of the leading children’s choirs in Australia, including the Australian Boys’ Choir, the Young Voices of Melbourne and the Melbourne Youth Choir. As part of her music education degree she specialised in the Kodály Method and then taught at a specialist Kodály primary school.

Whilst singing with the Victoria State Opera in 1991, she won the National Liederfest prize, allowing her to travel to London to continue her vocal studies. She began working with the Monteverdi Choir and Sir John Eliot Gardiner, singing as soloist on recordings including the Gramophone Award winning disc “The Choral Music of Percy Grainger”. She has sung as soloist with many of the UK’s top vocal ensembles, including understudying the alto lead in Deborah Warner’s controversial staging of Handel’s Messiah at English National Opera.

Lynette is a member of the BBC Singers, Britain’s only full-time professional chamber choir where she does a 50% jobshare. She has performed with them at major music festivals in the UK and around the world and has sung at prestigious events such as the funeral of Princess Diana. In addition to a busy performing and recording schedule, the BBC Singers has an active learning and outreach programme which Lynette plays an active part.

More about Lynette can be found on her website.

Rebecca Moulton

Rebecca Moulton is a music teacher working at Cambridgeshire Music. She teaches classroom music at both primary and secondary level as well as working with the government KS2 scheme Wider Opportunities.

Although focusing on classroom tuition for Cambridgeshire Music, Rebecca has also organised several ensembles and choirs both in school and out; including the Cambridge Junior Choir between 2005 and 2008. She also teaches flute, recorder and singing.

Rebecca obtained her Music BA in 2003 at Anglia Polytechnic University followed by a one year PGCE in secondary music teaching at Homerton College, University of Cambridge.

She has sung soprano in various operas and concerts including solo performances for Chelmsford Opera Society (Merrie England), Cambridge Amateur Operatic Society (2nd Lady in The Magic Flute), Wolfson College, Anglia Polytechnic University’s Orfeo ed Euridice (Amore), and two concert performances in the Royal Albert Hall, one of them as part of the BBC Proms. Rebecca has also performed recitals in the Wolfson College lunchtime concert series and Magdalene College Music Society’s production of John Blow’s Venus and Adonis. Rebecca is enjoying developing her teaching skills and gaining experience working with Lynette Alcantara at Kings Junior Voices, and is thoroughly delighted to continue to support the choir.

Maggie Heywood

Maggie trained to be a Primary School Teacher at Redland College of Education in Bristol, with Music as her main subject. From there she went to Papua New Guinea to spend four terms in a bush primary school, on Voluntary Service Overseas, before taking up her first teaching job in Cambridge at Arbury Junior School.

She joined the CUMS Chorus in her third week in Cambridge, under David Willcocks and began a life-long commitment to choral singing – with CUMS on Fridays and the Bach Choir in London on Mondays – until her paralysed vocal cord brought it to an end ten years ago. After five years at Arbury she moved to Morley Memorial School as the music specialist and ran the flourishing choir at lunchtimes with the Headteacher, Dorothy Hurst – also a member of CUMS Chorus. They put on a concert every term for many years and Maggie also ran guitar and recorder groups.

After taking early retirement Maggie turned her attention to administrative work associated with music. She had been running CUMS – the chorus and all three orchestras – for over twenty years and continued to do so until 2007, with more time to devote to it than previously. She was pleased to be asked to be the administrator on behalf of King’s College for the Sing Up outreach initiative, and has been KJV’s administrator since the beginning. She is very glad that King’s Junior Voices will be able to continue.