Anya Szreter is a highly experienced and enthusiastic choral director now based in Bristol.
From Birmingham, she started singing and playing the piano as a toddler and could read music before words! After her degree in Music at Oxford university, she gained her pianist's ARCM and then decided to study singing, inspired by listening to Joan Sutherland and Elizabeth Schwarzkopf. She trained at the Royal College of Music under Margaret Kingsley and then pursued a career combining opera, song recital, oratorio and chorister work. She has a PGCE and has taught class music in several London secondary schools as well as individual voice lessons, where her experience and track record are exemplary.
Her passion for running choirs, first tasted at the age of 9, when she taught a small group of friends to sing a piece she had composed specially for their school assembly, has dominated her musical life since relocating to Bristol in 2018.
She has set up 3 thriving choirs, organising and directing performances at churches and festivals all over Bristol. As well as teaching the notes, Anya likes to include vocal technique, as she believes this helps everyone to derive the greatest enjoyment from their singing.
If the last few years have taught us anything it is the sheer joy of making music together - only truly realised when we couldn't do it during the Pandemic Lockdown of 2019-21. Anya kept her choirs going over Zoom and even produced a carol concert, hosted by Arnos Vale Cemetery, involving hundreds of hours of painstakingly learning how to put individual tracks of every individual voice and keyboard part together online.