Rachel is a leading soprano and an established concert performer in the North East.
Her oratorio performances have included Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Haydn’s Creation, Brahm’s Requiem, Bach’s Christmas Oratorios, Mozart’s Requiem, Dvorak's Te Deum, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Faure’s Requiem and works by Schubert and Maunder.
While in opera she has sung Violetta in La Traviata, Adina in L’Elisir D’Amore, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Oscar in Un Ballo Maschera, Adele in Die Fledermaus and Marguerite in Northern Opera’s 50th Anniversary production of Faust by Gounod.
Shiney Row Male Voice was founded in 1959 from a small singing groupset up by "The Wilson Brothers" - at Trinity Methodist Church, Shiney Row, Houghton le Spring. Since it's inception the Choir has always been based for rehearsals at Trinity Methodist Church.
There have been four Conductors of the Choir :-Fred Wilson Brian McAree Joe Parker Stephen Wroe
Stephen was appointed Conductor and Musical Director in 1994.
As for Accompanists, there have really been only two appointed to the permanent position.The present Accompanist, Robert Chicken, was the Choir's first,but after a short time he moved away from the area. He returned to the Choir in 2006,following the death of George Gent who had been the Choir's Accompanist for 38 years.
The Choir's current active membership stands at 49 members,who come from the Tyneside and Wearside area,including Sunderland, South Shields, Houghton le Spring,Gateshead, Chester le Street and Durham