Our Musical Director
Julie Harmer M.Sc (Hons), LRSM, DipABRSM
I am very excited and proud to be the new Musical Director of Harwich and Dovercourt Choral Society from January 2018
My musical life began when my mum taught me to play the recorder when I was five. Then seeing and hearing James Galway playing the flute inspired a life long love of the flute which inevitably led to flute lessons and music exams.
Originally from London, my family relocated to Dorset in 1979, where I continued to play the flute, recorder and later piano. There, whilst studying O level music, my school music teacher Jim Crump invited me to join his choir at Holy Trinity Church, Weymouth, where as a teenager I first experienced choral singing in four part harmony as an alto in the church choir - which I loved. I went on to study music at Royal Holloway College, University of London gaining a B.Mus (Hons) degree.
Although a career in computing and IT followed, music has always been a very important part of my life. I enjoy teaching flute, theory and piano and also performing. Inspired by my own church singing experience I have been choir and musical director at All Saints' Church Great Oakley sins 2004, where I have led the choir in learning and performing a very wide range of music from the renaissance to the present day. I am also Musical Director of a workplace choir in Ipswich, and Musical Director of Clacton Concert Orchestra.
I really enjoy the process of rehearsing and preparing music for performance, taking pieces and songs from the "unknown" ( and sometimes "tricky" with maybe some problem solving along the way !) to hearing it take shape and being ready for performance day.
The sound and experience of singing together is amazing. Please do join us as HADCS starts a new chapter in its long history.