Our Musical Director is Anne Greenidge, who is enthusiastic and patient and always seems to bring out the best in us.
Whilst bringing up three children, Anne developed a portfolio of jobs as a choral director, organist, accompanist, bass player, translator, piano teacher, and composer. She has contributed piano pieces to the Trinity College piano syllabus, written scores and incidental music for numerous theatrical productions, a children’s musical and many arrangements and new compositions for her own pupils and other local choirs. In July 2008, the distinguished South African pianist Tessa Uys gave the first performance of her composition Rainbow Fantasy at the Wigmore Hall as part of the celebrations for Nelson Mandela’s ninetieth birthday.
Anne Greenidge works in many branches of the music profession as teacher, performer, conductor, composer, adjudicator, and examiner. She obtained a first-class honours degree in Music and French in 1979 from the University of Keele, together with special prizes for outstanding musicianship and academic achievement. She studied composition with Peter Dickinson, Roger Marsh, piano with Eleanor Purce and double bass with Jonathan Darcy and was a founder member of the Keele Bach Choir led by John Sioboda.
Anne has travelled widely in Europe and the Caribbean. She also spent time in South Africa where as a freelance accompanist and singer, she performed in prestigious venues in Johannesburg and Pretoria, and on television and radio with musical workshops for children in Soweto.
Anne is increasingly involved in music education on many fronts, as a primary music specialist and consultant for the London Borough of Bromley, as a part-time member of the music department at Hayes School Kent, and as a piano teacher and examiner for Trinity Guildhall. She has lectured post graduate music students at Trinity College, London, examined in Malta and Northern Ireland, and in 2010 adjudicated the Thailand National Youth Piano Competition in Bangkok. In the last three years she has conducted concerts in Bromley for Street Children Africa, helping to raise thousands of pounds for the charity.