Based in beautiful North Cornwall, North Coast Harmony are a small group of women who love to sing contemporary a cappella harmony! We're all very different, but what we have in common is a love and appreciation for all kinds of music, a willingness to work at being the best we can be, and a commitment to supporting each other in that aim through friendship and teamwork. We also laugh, a lot! Our vision is to perform, promote and teach women’s singing in our community, and you can read more about how we do that here.
We sing a bit of everything, and hopefully something for everyone, from The Chiffons, Sia, Katy Perry and Adele, to Rag 'n' Bone Man, Billy Joel, Elton John and James Bay, via traditional The White Rose, and with pretty much everything else in between.
Our Musical Director, Siân, is skilled and knowledgeable; she’s an accomplished singer and vocal coach, specialising in female vocal harmonies. She began directing choruses in 2009, and is a member of the Association of British Choral Directors and a Natural Voice Practitioner registered with The Natural Voice Network. Along with Mel, she offers individual or group teaching sessions.
As a singer, she’s a Bass (Second Alto), but as our M.D., she also gets to sing all the other parts when we need her to. Prior to directing, Siân was a member of an award-winning chorus, with whom she’s competed nationally and internationally. Siân has also been a member of a number of nationally competing quartets, winning various awards and accolades, including five awards and a gold medal for a single performance in 2011. She’s also a LABBS Queen of Harmony.
In her spare time, she coaches quartets, is a solo vocalist and guitarist, and is currently learning to play the saxophone and violin.
Fun Fact: As a child, Siân took part in competitive Dressage to Music.
Mel is Siân’s assistant, and looks after all our admin. She’s a Bass (Second Alto), singing the lowest part in our pieces. She also sometimes sings the next part up, Baritone (First Alto), and occasionally sings even further up as a Lead (Second Soprano). Mel has been working with choruses since 2009. As a member of The Association of Teachers of Singing, she’s also our guru for notation and vocal technique, and is passionate about the physics of sound as it relates to voice. Mel is also a member of The Natural Voice Network. Along with Siân, she offers individual or group teaching sessions.
Mel has grades in ballet, tap and contemporary dance, making her our ‘go to’ for rhythm and the occasional dance move!
In her spare time, Mel likes to get involved with other non-music community groups and projects (there are many!). She’s also an occasional amateur photographer, and if there's a spare few minutes at the end of the day, you'll find her tickling the ivories!
Fun Fact: Mel went to night-school to learn silversmithing. She also currently learning to play the cello.
Liz is a Tenor (First Soprano), singing the highest part in our pieces. Liz is an accomplished flugelhorn player, and has 10 years’ experience in Am-Dram. She’s also an accountant, which of course means she keeps an eye on our accounts!
In her spare time, Liz helps to milk cows and deliver lambs - she’s a farmer’s wife!
Fun Fact: Liz used to pull anchor in a Young Farmers tug-o-war team.
Roz is a Lead (Second Soprano). She also plays clarinet, and has about 20 years’ experience as a solo vocalist and chorister.
In her spare time, Roz is a felter.
Fun Fact: Roz speaks Schwyzerdütsch.
Meg is a Baritone (First Alto), and the youngest member of our team. Meg has been singing as a solo vocalist and guitarist since the tender age of 12, and has previously been a member of two youth choirs and a jazz band. She also plays classical guitar, and will be leaving us for Bristol in Autumn 2020 to study Music.
In her spare time... Meg doesn’t have any! She’s busy studying for her A Levels.
Fun Fact: Meg provided the vocals for an Action for Children promotional video.