About the Choir
Past, Present & Future
Northwood Choral Society is a long established choir of around 30 singers based in Northwood, UK. We rehearse on a Sunday evening. At Northwood Choral Society we have Julie Bale, a top vocal coach and Professional singer as our Conductor, with over 25 years of experience of working with singers of all abilities. Our choir is also committed to supporting gifted young singers and their local community. Each rehearsal begins with a vocal technique session and the opportunity to work with singers of other voice types. We also have workshops and a wonderful 2021 season planned. If you'd like to join us please get in touch to find out more.
We are currently accepting members in all sections
Julie Bale is a British Dramatic Soprano, Voice Teacher, Workshop Leader and conductor. As a conductor, Julie has led numerous choirs and Choral societies in Hertfordshire. She has studied conducting with Amy Bebbington and is a member of the Association of British Choral Directors. She is a renowned teacher of singing and has studied singing and vocal pedagogy for over two decades with the eminent professor Janice Chapman. She regularly leads workshops on vocal technique for choirs all around the UK as well as running online group lessons and teaching face to face in her studio in Watford. Her career as an opera singer and concert performer has seen her perform music from Bach to Wagner all over the UK.
On the operatic stage her highlights include Leonore Fidelio (Cover) for Dorset Opera and Leonore Fidelio for OperaHerts, conducted by Phillip Thomas, for whom she also sang Musetta La Bohème. She sang Helmwige Die Walküre for Berwick Festival Opera, conductor Peter Selwyn. Other operatic highlights have included Alice Ford Falstaff, Donna Anna Don Giovanni and Leonora Il Trovatore. In 2022 she covered the role of Abigaille (Nabucco) for Uncovered Opera and will be singing the role of Lady Macbeth in Verdi's Macbeth in the spring of 2023.
She has performed extensively on the concert platform throughout the UK and is in demand to perform major Choral works such as Verdi’s Requiem, Brahms Requiem, Carmina Burana and Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem.
For more details about Julie see here
James Mooney-Dutton was educated at the Royal College of Music where he studied with Margaret Phillips and as a Music Scholar at Harrow School. He has held organ scholarships at Norwich Cathedral and the Royal Parish Church of St Martin-in-the-Fields. He began his musical education as a chorister at Westminster Abbey where he sang at the funeral of the late Diana, Princess of Wales.
As a recitalist James has been invited to perform in many prestigious venues including St James's Cathedral Toronto, Magdalen College Oxford, Our Lady and the English Martyrs Church in Cambridge, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Norwich Cathedral, Lincoln Cathedral, St Andrew's Hall Norwich, Queen's College Oxford and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He has strong musical associations with Canada and regularly travels there to perform.
James is active as a freelance church musician and accompanist, working regularly with a variety of individuals and ensembles. He is accompanist to both Stanmore & Northwood Choral Societies.
James has broadcast live on BBC Radios 3 and 4 as well as appearing on Songs of Praise.
For 11 years James was Director of Music at St Lawrence, Eastcote, and since September 2017 he has been Director of Music at St James's Church, Bushey. When not engaged in all things musical James can be found spending time with his family, walking his dogs and managing, together with his wife Laura, their family business (James Funeral Service on Belmont Circle, Harrow).