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 most sections
Julie has been a passionate advocate for teaching and making music for over twenty five years working firstly as a peripatetic singing teacher in both state and independent schools in Harrow and Hertfordshire as well as running her own private practice in Oxhey Village. In addition to directing Northwood Choral Society, she has been the Choral Director of a number of choirs in Hertfordshire including North Middlesex Federation TG Choir and East Barnet Ladies Choir.
She has enjoyed a long and successful career as a professional soprano in both opera and oratorio and has performed the vast majority of the great choral works both as a soloist and chorister.
Julie is an associate of the Royal College of Music. She studied singing with Elizabeth Robson after gaining her first degree in Music/German from Oxford Brookes University. She also gained a PGCE from Goldsmith's College, University of London. After graduating she studied singing and vocal pedagogy with the eminent vocal specialist Janice Chapman and with Dame Josephine Barstow. She currently teaches singers of all levels both online and in person and, as Resident Vocal Coach for the London Oriana Choir, she worked on the music staff teaching individual lessons, giving workshops and master classes and being on the audition and vocal assessment panel. Julie regularly works with local choirs leading workshops on vocal technique and how to be a better chorister.
Julie believes strongly in lifelong learning. She studied conducting and choral direction with Amy Bebbington, chief trainer of the Association of British Choral Directors. She cites her main aims as a choral director to be threefold: the singers must have fun, together they must aim for the best musical experience possible, and progress must be made. Julie's work as a choir leader focuses on helping choirs develop the vocal technique necessary for choral singing as well as learning how to sing well together, interpret the music, tell the story and (very high on the agenda) have fun!
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).