About The Phoenix Singers
Andrew Maddocks – Music Director FRSA MA LRAM
Following his time as a cathedral chorister at Peterborough and as a music student at Cambridge, Andrew Maddocks has spent all his working life in music education: first as a secondary school teacher in Kent and Hertfordshire, then latterly as an adviser for Somerset County Education followed by a periord working as a freelance consultant.
In 1992 he co-authored with Michael Stocks 'Growing With Music', a Somerset Education programme initiative for primary schools, published by Longmans. During the period from 1996 to 2014 Andrew worked as an Advisory Teacher and Senior Consultant for The Voices Foundation, a London-based music education charity supporting the development of a progressive classroom music-teaching programme largely based on learning through the medium of singing. In recent years Andrew was commissioned to write subsequent developments of the scheme for The Voices Foundation and the US music publishers Alfred Music, who now publish the books for the open market.
Andrew founded the Bridgwater Young People’s Choir in 1983, for a while conducted the Taunton Children’s Choir in the 1990s, and became the Music Director of The Phoenix Singers in 1996.
The Phoenix Singers
The Phoenix Singers started life in Devon in 1971, and has since become a prominent chamber choir in the South West. Now based in Taunton, members come from a wide regional area. The concert repertoire has expanded enormously over recent times, made possible by the ability and vast experience of the choir's members.