Our Conductor

Dr. Shirley Court

shirleyShirley has spent her entire teaching career working with young people of all ages and abilities, in order to motivate and improve their singing. In September 2006 she was awarded with an Honorary Degree of DMus for her work as a conductor of Youth Choirs and Music in Schools from the University of Leicester.

Shirley was the conductor of both the Senior Girls and Junior CBSO Youth Choruses from September 1995 until July 2009. In September 2008 she was appointed as Director of the Halle Children’s Choir and prepares the choir working alongside world famous conductors for prestigious concerts. Recently the choir has been involved in the filming for a BBC production of Victoria Wood’s play ‘That Day They Sang’ called “Tubby and Enid.”

Up until April 2014, Shirley was the Director of the Cheshire Youth Choir for twelve years.
Shirley also teaches singing to diploma level and many of her past pupils have a successful singing career.

Her ladies choir, The Chanterelles won the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in 2011 and The North Wales Choral competition in November 2011. The Choir were chosen to take part in the Cork International Choral Competition in May 2012 and in October 2013 won the Ladies category in the Isle of Man Choral Competition.

Shirley was privileged to be one of the three adjudicators for the BBC Choir of the Year held at the Bridgewater Hall and is a regular adjudicator at the Manchester Choral Competition.
Shirley also acts as a consultant on many National Singing initiatives and delivers inset courses for teachers. She is delighted to be the Programme Leader for the Hallé Mentoring scheme for Vocal leaders in the Greater Manchester Music Hub.