Profiles

Rachael Lee – Director

Born in Norwich, Rachael was educated at the Hewitt Comprehensive School. She gained her degree in Creative Arts at Bretton Hall, West Yorkshire, followed by a PGCE qualification in Primary Teaching with a specialism in music. An experienced primary teacher, co-ordinating and teaching music across the entire age range at Poulton-le-Sands C of E Primary School, Morecambe over 12 years and in the secondary sector at Lancaster Girls Grammar School and as Head of Department at Cartmel Priory Secondary School, she is also well-known in the area for her work with young voices. She has been a part-time lecturer in Primary Music Education at St Martin’s College. In 1996, she accepted an invitation to become Director of Music at Lancaster Priory and during her time there founded the Girls Choir. She continues her interest and work for the Royal School of Church Music as Secretary for the Lancashire Area and has been a tutor on the RSCM residential courses for young people for the past eleven years. Rachael founded the Rushley Singers in 1990. This versatile chamber choir performs from a wide repertoire, and raises funds for local and national charities. She also directs Cantores Ambrosiani, an occasional choir which has sung each summer in cathedrals for the past 13 years. Rachael is married to Douglas, a retired Consultant Haematologist. They have one son, Simon he gained his B Mus at Leeds in 2009 – he now sings as a lay-clerk in Durham Cathedral and is a free lance musician.

Andy Plowman – Accompanist

Andy Plowman is an early retired actuary who spent much of his career in London before moving with his family to Lancaster in 1994. He now works with a number of faith-based charities. In addition to his long association with the Rushley Singers, Andy is concert accompanist for a number of other local choirs in Lancs and Cumbria, and appears regularly at Morecambe Platform with the Promenade Concert Orchestra. In 2011 he drew together 500 singers from 30 choirs to sing the Hallelujah Chorus in a Lancaster flashmob. As an organist, Andy has played at numerous cathedrals around the UK, including a week in residence each summer with Cantores Ambrosiani, another of Rachael’s choirs.