Our Director since August 2015 is Linda Corcoran who comes to us with a wealth of experience, boundless energy and a deep and genuine passion for close harmony. She brings that passion to everything she does and has the enviable knack of making others feel the same as she does about great music and inspiring performance.
Linda's early musical background lies in piano and the world of Lancashire Brass Bands playing Flugel Horn.
Discovering the sound of Barbershop harmony when she was just 15 was life-changing and has led to Linda winning many national and international barbershop awards in quartet and chorus both as a singer and director.
Since 2000, Linda has been the front line director of ‘The Great Western Chorus of Bristol’.
‘The GWC’ is the most successful Men’s barbershop chorus in UK history having won the British Championships a record 10 times. Linda led the chorus to the last 4 of these Gold Medals along with three appearances in the World Championships in the USA the most recent being in July 2018 at the Orlando International Barbershop Convention.
Linda works full time as a vocal coach and choir leader running 'Go Vocal', two community rock and pop choirs in Bristol and Cheltenham, bringing fun and harmony to everyday lives. She is in great demand as an arranger and coach in the UK and abroad and is on the teaching faculty of both BABS (British Association of Barbershop Singers) Harmony College and Labbs (Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers) Harmony College as well as a member of the Music Services team for the Irish Association of Barbershop Singers.
Linda’s ethos is that learning, rehearsing and performing music should always include a large dose of fun !