The Meljon Singers was formed in 1990 when a group of friends realised there was a gap in the local East London singing community.
They were looking for a chance to sing music outside the mainstream a cappella repertoire and within a small and fast-learning group. Over two decades on the choir has around 35 singers who thrive on the wide ranging repertoire and the stimulating rehearsals run by their Musical Director, Janette Ruocco. These rehearsals are held weekly during term time in East London, which is where the majority of the choir’s concerts are held. In addition the choir occasionally performs in central London and elsewhere in the UK, and has undertaken tours in Italy.
It was a group of friends that formed the choir, and they like to make sure that each member of the audience is treated as a friend too. In addition to beautiful performances of professional quality, the choir provides its audience with “The Meljon Experience”; an evening featuring a complimentary programme containing information on the music and the performers, an interval where carefully chosen drinks and nibbles are served, all with a friendly welcome.
THE MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Musical Director, Janette Ruocco, brings to performances a spirit of adventure and a passion for making music.
Having shaped the development of the choir since its inception, Janette has pioneered a creative form of concert programming which draws together music, themes and ideas in unexpected and enlightening ways.
As an educator and accomplished conductor, Janette enhances the experience of singers and audiences, by championing unjustly-neglected composers and exploring the rich diversity of new choral writing, as well as revisiting well-known gems.
A graduate of Sheffield University, Janette also holds an MA in Choral Education and is a practitioner council member of the Association of British Choral Directors. She is Vocal and Choral Development Manager for Essex Music Services and her busy freelance career embraces conducting, holding choral workshops, composing and music journalism.
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