Musical Director and Accompanist
George Salmon - Musical Director
I am looking forward to working on a range of different music with the Sittingbourne Orpheus Coral Society. When I construct a programme I like to include a varied repertoire, ranging from choral society staples to lesser known works by the great masters, as well as lighter material – always with an eye to the specific challenges each piece raises, how these will improve the choir and, above all, what people will enjoy singing and hearing!
My work spans a number of genres from choral and operatic conducting to brass banding and playing in string quartets. I have worked on opera projects with the Amade Players and Goldsmiths Opera Chorus, as well as numerous appearances with various orchestras in and around London.
I have had the privilege of studying with some of the most acclaimed conducting tutors in the world, including Peter Stark, Colin Metters and Jorma Panula, I also hold a Masters Degree in conducting from the University of Surrey. I am an accomplished singer, having studied with Alison Wells – Professor of Singing at the Royal College of Music and Trinity Laban Conservatoire.
Michael Burleigh - Assistant Musical Director and Accompanist
Michael was born in Sheerness. He was educated locally at Borden Grammar School and then took a Graduate course at the Royal Academy of Music in London. At that time he was
focussing on harpsichord and viola, but now tends to concentrate more on piano and organ. After leaving the Academy, he worked for the Armenian composer and conductor Loris Tjeknavorian as his score writer . A major part of this was a monumental oratorio "The Last Judgment" which was a setting of every word in the Book of Revelation.
Having worked with conductor Loris Tjeknavorian, Michaels turned to teaching and playing. Michael has taught at most of the local schools and is head of music at Elliott Park, Minster.
Michael has accompanied the Orpheus for many years, and has been associated with many other groups; such as Medway Opera and Freeguard Singers. He also directs the Isle of Sheppey Singers and sings tenor with the Royal Choral Society in London.