The Phoenix Singers Music Director is Geoff Lavery
GEOFF LAVERY began his professional musical career as teacher, clarinettist and conductor in Ipswich, Suffolk. From there, he and his family moved to Lancashire and then to Bedford for twenty years. Whilst there, he conducted many Orchestral and Choral performances and very many musicals.
When he and his wife (an accomplished oboist and recorder player) returned to Suffolk six years ago, he has found himself increasingly busy as a conductor, adjudicator, organist and accompanist.
Part of a Duo, playing piano with clarinettist Chris Allen, their concerts in the local area have included Aldeburgh, Framlingham, Wymondham and the Southwold Arts Festival. Recently, the Duo has expanded to a Trio, with the soprano Sarah Gallop, for a concert in Ipswich and a return visit to Wymondham Abbey,
He conducts the Gippeswyk Singers, a chamber choir that he founded 40 years ago in Ipswich. As well as their regular performances in Suffolk, they have given concerts in Holland, Harrogate and York and a short concert tour to the West Country is planned for June 2018.
Geoff conducts Beccles Choral Society, directed Suffolk Strings for three years, and also directed several performances with Felixstowe Music for many years, including Britten's “Noye's Fludde” in the composer's centenary year, some “Come & Sing” performances of a variety of choral works, and Children's Workshops. He is the accompanist for the Phoenix Singers, Framlingham.
He conducted an exciting performance of Bach's “B minor Mass” in Hay-on-Wye in 2016, with 16 professional singers and orchestra, and 2017 was a particularly busy year, with many concerts in his diary; not least in May when his two choirs, together with Lambeth Orchestra, performed Elgar's “Dream of Gerontius” at Snape Maltings. Already, conducting engagements for the next year include a “Messiah” in Framlingham at Christmas, Bach's “St John Passion” on Good Friday 2018 in Felixstowe, Beethoven's “Missa Solemnis” in Beccles in May 2018 and “Christmas Oratorio” in December 2018. Plans are also being made for a Mozart “Requiem” and a return visit by the two choirs and orchestra to Snape in 2019 to perform Verdi's “Requiem”.