Musical Director - Gaynor Schofield
Gaynor joined her first barbershop group, Velvet Harmony, as a singer in 1987 after seeing and hearing a women’s quartet on TV. Her background had been steeped in choral tradition but she found the barbershop harmonies absolutely compelling.
In 1991, she took on her first directing role at Velvet Harmony, then in 1999, Gaynor took on a new chorus Green Street Blues and was delighted to win with them a clutch of medals in the Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers (LABBS).
In 2009, Gaynor started a group called Viva Acappella and was able to fulfil her dream of taking a chorus to International contest competing in Hawaii, Las Vegas and New Orleans.
At the last National contest Chorus Iceni were delighted to make the top 10, so onwards and upwards! Although competition work is an important focus, Gaynor is keen to ensure that all repertoire songs are performed to the same level so that every audience is treated to the very best singing. Singing popular repertoire songs to local people is at the very heart of what she does.
Gaynor is also an active coach in the 3 British barbershop associations for choruses and quartets and is happy to work one-to-one with individuals.