Janet Wheeler
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quote The impressive new work, composed by the society's Musical Director Janet Wheeler, was a real test for any choir quote

David Butcher

CEO Britten Sinfonia

Janet Wheeler is a freelance composer, choral conductor and teacher.

A junior exhibitioner at the Guildhall School of Music, from the age of 10, Janet went on to read music at Cambridge, where she studied composition with Robin Holloway and Hugh Wood. After running a secondary school music department, she became a music producer for BBC Schools Radio primary music for eight years.

Janet has conducted choirs of all sizes and singers of all ages, including the New Cambridge Singers, the Orpheus Choir of North Herts and Carillon, and she currently directs the much-admired Saffron Walden Choral Society, the adult chamber choir Granta Chorale and the youth choir SignuptoSIng. She also continues to work with many primary and secondary school orchestras and choirs, and enjoys arranging and composing music for them.

As well as directing choirs in choral and orchestral repertoire Janet also plans and directs large-scale community singing events, such as Wingbeats, a partnership project with RSPB and SWCS . For this she composed a cantata about the albatross On the Breath of the Sky with writer Nick Warburton, having previously collaborated with him on the cantata Train in the Rain and a children's musical Orpheus for BBC Schools Radio.

Her first large-scale work for choir and orchestra was Sea Tongue written back in 2004. It sets a text by Kevin Crossley Holland telling the story of the disappearing coastline at Dunwich.

In 2012 she completed two new choral and orchestral works. MAZE was performed by combined choirs with Britten Sinfonia in March as part of MazeMusic, a Music Nation concert. Magnificat cum Angelis was commissioned by Yellow Car Charitable Trust and premièred by Granta Chorale in its concert 'Angelus' in May 2012. For details of forthcoming performances and other developments see 'What's New?'


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