Musical Director and Conductor - Jonathan Lazell
Jonathan attended Colchester Royal Grammar School and gained a degree in Music from the University of Sheffield, and later an LTCL Piano Recital diploma from Trinity College of Music London. He became Musical Director of the John Wade Singers in June 2016.
Jonathan has taken part in lessons with a number of eminent teachers including Christopher Elton, Philip Fowke, Paul Badura-Skoda and Noriko Ogawa, and as a choral singer has sung Services in many of the country’s principal cathedrals.
He is a piano and organ accompanist of recitals, choirs and church and chapel Services.
Jonathan is a Music Leader with Sheffield Music Hub, an exciting and varied role which includes working together with leadership colleagues in schools, teaching instrumental lessons to young people and accompanying young performers in prestigious performance opportunities.
Jonathan is delighted and honoured to be the Musical Director of the John Wade Singers – a friendly and welcoming choir for whom friendship, high musical standards and the support of local charities are equally important.
soloist - Rebecca Lambert - Soprano
Rebecca Lambert was a founder member and the first ever Head Chorister of the Sheffield Cathedral Girls Choir with whom she sang until the age of 18. As well as singing with the John Wade Singers Rebecca also currently sings with the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, Sheffield City Opera, the Library Singers and Bravo Productions. Rebecca first started singing with the John Wade Singers in 2007 and since this time she has been lucky enough to perform as a soloist in a number of their recent performances including Verdi’s Nabucco; Faure’s Requiem; Vivaldi’s Gloria; Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle.
Mendelssohn’s Elijah is one of Rebecca’s favourite oratorios and she is delighted to have the opportunity to perform as a soloist for the John Wade Singers in this work. Rebecca currently studies singing under the tuition of Jane Anthony in Leeds. When she is not singing Rebecca can be found in the Town Hall working as a Registrar at Sheffield Register Office.
soloist - Jo Hutchesson - Mezzo-soprano
Jo Hutchesson is a cardiac nurse in Sheffield and has been singing since the age of 8. She comes from a very musical family and has always been surrounded by music and the theatre. Her first performance was as the youngest daughter of Major General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance with Intake Methodist Musical Society.
Jo enjoys performing regularly with the John Wade Singers, several small concert parties in Sheffield and Operahouse, which is a small group performing abridged operas in and around Loughborough. In the last 15 years she has also been a regular face at The International Gilbert and Sullivan festival, both performing and as part of the wardrobe team.
Favourite roles to date include Third Lady in The Magic Flute; the title role in Iolanthe; Phoebe in The Yeomen of the Guard and Jou-Jou in The Merry Widow. Jo has also enjoyed performing in many pantomimes with Manor Operatic Society and has been the alto soloist for several oratorios, both in Sheffield and Loughborough. If she had to choose a favourite work, it would definitely be Handel's The Messiah.
The John Wade Singers was formed by John Wade and is a Sheffield based choir which performs a variety of styles of music in aid of local charities. It is proud of its friendly and fun approach to singing and enjoys a diversity of members covering a range of ages and musical abilities. The performances are a wide repertoire of music from full scale operas and oratorios to arrangements of popular music and selections from musicals.
2009 was the choir’s 25th anniversary and in its history it has been proud to sing in many venues donating concert proceeds to a large number of charities in and around the Sheffield area.
Dr. John Wade
John is now the president of the choir he founded and has led continuously from 1984 until 2001. During this time some of JWS teamed up with a specially formed orchestra and chorus to take part in the triennial Woodthorpe Festival. Full costume productions of Gilbert and Sullivan Operas were in the grounds of Woodthorpe Hall under the name of Woodthorpe Festival Chorus and Orchestra. In 2001 he took time out to study for his Doctorate at Sheffield University, but always supporting and joining in as a bass in the JWS choir when able.
He is appreciative of the roles taken on by Richard and Jonathan over this period and did a couple of guest conductor appearances, notably Mozart’s Requiem in 2006 followed by selections from The Magic Flute in 2007. After receiving his Doctorate he was asked to tour the world on various guest lectures, which has kept him busy. He now remains as the choir’s president but may again give occasional presidential appearances with the baton.