Saffron Walden's Choral Society since 1883
Patron: John Rutter | Music Director: Janet Wheeler
Incorporating SignuptoSing

Who we are

Janet Wheeler, Musical Director

Conductor Janet Wheeler works with singers of all ages and choirs of all types, from primary to adult. In addition to SignuptoSing, she currently directs Saffron Walden Choral Society and the adult chamber choir Granta Chorale as well as various primary and secondary school choirs and orchestras.

After studying music at Cambridge and an early career in teaching, Janet joined BBC School Radio as a Music Producer for eight years, before turning freelance as a conductor and composer. She has conducted music in a wide range of styles from jazz and close harmony to large classical choral works such as Monteverdi Vespers, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius and Bach’s B Minor Mass. She is a member of the Association of British Choral Directors and ISM. She has studied Estill Voicecraft and followed courses run by the Voices Foundation.

Janet has had compositions and arrangements published by OUP, BBC Schools and Hal Leonard/de Haske. Her recent compositions include choral and orchestral works MAZE and Magnificat cum Angelis, both premiered in 2012, music for The Old Curiosity Shop composed for a Cambridge production by Bawds in 2013 and the winning anthem for a composition competition run by the diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, for the centenary year 2014. For more information about her compositions see

Rosemary Heald, Choir Administrator

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