Our Musical Director

Cathy Read BEd MA has been our Musical Director since 1998.
Cathy is assisted by our Deputy Director, Karen Smith.
Cathy was born in Coventry and started singing as soon as she could walk! She began playing the violin at seven and was a member of the Coventry Youth Orchestra. She went on to study music at Bretton Hall and then moved into primary teaching in Birmingham and Staffordshire, specialising in Music.
She joined Stafford Singers as a member of the choir in 1989 and then became deputy musical director in the early 1990’s before taking over the baton in 1996 She has seen the choir through many name changes and is still conducting the choir today!

Our Accompanist

Amanda Wells has been our accompanist since 1998.
Amanda began learning the piano at the age of seven and has continued to play as a hobby ever since. She joined the Stafford Singers in 1998 as a soprano and became the accompanist a couple of years later. She really enjoys playing for the choir and the very wide variety of music that together we learn and perform.

Our Committee

Chairperson Maureen Thomas
Vice Chairperson & Registrar Paul Charman
Correspondence Secretary Anne Read
Minutes Secretary Karen Williamson-Smith
Treasurer & Orchestra Rep Arline Wilson
Musical Director Cathy Read
Accompanist Amanda Wells
Assistant Musical Director & Accompanist Karen Smith
Librarian & Membership Secretary Marion Goda
Assistant Librarian & Uniform Co-ordinator Phyllis Reynolds
Publicity Paul Charman
Section Reps
- Alto - Maureen, Karen, Arline, Jane
- Bass - Bob Mitchell
- Soprano - Anne, Phyllis, Marion
- Tenor - Colin Hutchinson
Raffle Organiser Jane Rowbottom
Website Alison Baker
Facebook Admin Adele Dominy, Roger Baker

Our History

The Stafford Singers were originally founded in 1962, as The English Electric Company Choir (later The English Electric Association Choir), when the Lichfield Road, Stafford Works was a branch of the English Electric Company.

After the merger with GEC, in 1969, the choir was renamed The GEC Association Choir. Following the merger with Alsthom, in 1989, the official title of the choir then became The GEC Alsthom Association Choir. On the formation of Alstom, in 1998, the name of the choir became The Alstom Singers and in 2013 the choir finally became The Stafford Singers.

Stafford Singers meets each Monday from 7.30 to 9.30pm at Berkswich Methodist Church in Stafford.