Meet some of our

real voices

Our singers have varying levels of musical experience and have all found themselves at Real Voices for different reasons. That's exactly why our group works so well! What we do all have in common though is a desire to push ourselves to make the best quality music we possibly can and have a great time in the process! (And a few in the pub afterwards..)

Rebecca Chalmers

Musical Director
Home town: Awali, Bahrain
Dream job: Musician
Real job: Musician
When not singing, most likely to be found: in the gym. (Not!!)
What I love most about this group: Our ability to find an innuendo in almost everything!

www.beckychalmers.com

   Seong-Ho Kwak     Tenor    Home town:  Kingston-upon-Thames    Dream job:  Can’t decide...Professional Pun Writer?  (If that’s a real job.)    Real job:  Project Manager at a translation agency (Yep, the same one as Lena).    When not singing, most likely to be found : eating, drinking or trying to learn more languages.    Secret superpower:  Underneath my smiley exterior, I’m actually a cold, heartless Ice Man.    What I love about this group:  Everyone genuinely gets along, even when they’re not drunk. It’s life-affirming. It would be enough to melt my heart, if I had one. Still a bit gutted that we didn’t end up calling ourselves the Tonal Eclipse of the Heart.

Seong-Ho Kwak

Tenor
Home town: Kingston-upon-Thames
Dream job: Can’t decide...Professional Pun Writer?  (If that’s a real job.)
Real job: Project Manager at a translation agency (Yep, the same one as Lena).
When not singing, most likely to be found: eating, drinking or trying to learn more languages.
Secret superpower: Underneath my smiley exterior, I’m actually a cold, heartless Ice Man.
What I love about this group: Everyone genuinely gets along, even when they’re not drunk. It’s life-affirming. It would be enough to melt my heart, if I had one. Still a bit gutted that we didn’t end up calling ourselves the Tonal Eclipse of the Heart.

  Faye Keegan   Second (sometimes first, to my continuing amazement) Soprano  Home town:  Lechlade upon Thames  Dream job:  Novelist, singer, lecturer, Grazia columnist, florist, presenter of Woman's hour... I have a lot of dream jobs!   Real job:  Part-time Librarian, full-time Ph.D candidate (no, it doesn't add up to one!)  When not singing, most likely to be found:  reading or writing. Or watching Eastenders.  What I love about this group:  I felt really welcomed from the moment I arrived for my first rehearsal. The atmosphere is warm and fun, and we make a fab sound!

Faye Keegan

Second (sometimes first, to my continuing amazement) Soprano
Home town: Lechlade upon Thames
Dream job: Novelist, singer, lecturer, Grazia columnist, florist, presenter of Woman's hour... I have a lot of dream jobs! 
Real job: Part-time Librarian, full-time Ph.D candidate (no, it doesn't add up to one!)
When not singing, most likely to be found: reading or writing. Or watching Eastenders.
What I love about this group: I felt really welcomed from the moment I arrived for my first rehearsal. The atmosphere is warm and fun, and we make a fab sound!

Suzy Jacobsen

First Soprano
Home town: Hawick
Dream job: Actor
Real job: Teacher
When not singing, most likely to be found: in a theatre/ on a bike / wasting my life on soshul meejah.
Secret superpower: Ninja Cake Warrior (All ways to peace start with cake.)
What I love about this group: Everyone is genuine...everyone shares their talent to make the GROUP great and constantly strives to make it EVEN better. Everyone regularly wants to go to the pub.

  Lena Kraft   Second Alto  Home town:  Hamburg, Germany  Dream job:  Wool-making Shepherd  Real job:  Project Manager at a translation agency  When not singing, most likely to be found:  Reading, horseback riding in Iceland or swimming in the sea  Secret superpower:  Knitting jumpers and playing the recorder  What I love about this group:  How we can be hysterically laughing in one moment, then serious and concentrating on the music in the next.

Lena Kraft

Second Alto
Home town: Hamburg, Germany
Dream job: Wool-making Shepherd
Real job: Project Manager at a translation agency
When not singing, most likely to be found: Reading, horseback riding in Iceland or swimming in the sea
Secret superpower: Knitting jumpers and playing the recorder
What I love about this group: How we can be hysterically laughing in one moment, then serious and concentrating on the music in the next.

  Sarah Jane Johnson   Second Soprano  Dream job:  Member of Hot Gossip  Real job:  Production Manager  Favorite quote:   'You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching, love like you'll never be hurt, sing like there's nobody listening, and live like it's heaven on earth'.   Can't make it through the day without:  walking the dogs/a glass of Malbec...  What I love about this group:   I'm discovering music I had never heard of and it's great fun!

Sarah Jane Johnson

Second Soprano
Dream job: Member of Hot Gossip
Real job: Production Manager
Favorite quote: 'You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching, love like you'll never be hurt, sing like there's nobody listening, and live like it's heaven on earth'.
Can't make it through the day without: walking the dogs/a glass of Malbec...
What I love about this group: I'm discovering music I had never heard of and it's great fun!

  John Roberts   Bass  Home town:  London  Dream job:  Conductor/Composer  Real job:  Runs a consultancy  When not singing, most likely to be found:  Going to concerts and musicals and exploring the frozen North.  What I love about this group:  The welcome, the support and the shared joy!

John Roberts

Bass
Home town: London
Dream job: Conductor/Composer
Real job: Runs a consultancy
When not singing, most likely to be found: Going to concerts and musicals and exploring the frozen North.
What I love about this group: The welcome, the support and the shared joy!

  Fiona Smith   Tenor  Home town:  London  Dream job:  Fighter Pilot/Prime minister  Real job:  Policy work for think tank  When not singing, most likely to be found:  Dreaming  Secret superpower:  If I told you, it wouldn't be a secret anymore!  What I love about this group: T he love. Really.

Fiona Smith

Tenor
Home town: London
Dream job: Fighter Pilot/Prime minister
Real job: Policy work for think tank
When not singing, most likely to be found: Dreaming
Secret superpower: If I told you, it wouldn't be a secret anymore!
What I love about this group: The love. Really.

   Helen Deckers      Soprano    Home town:  Tonbridge    Dream job:  Unemployed millionaire who volunteers for charities full time.     Real job:  Marketing    S  ecret superpower:  Super flexibility of the limbs (not quite Ms Stretch, but...)    Fun fact:  Most of my immediate family were born on the 26th of a month.

Helen Deckers 

Soprano
Home town: Tonbridge
Dream job: Unemployed millionaire who volunteers for charities full time. 
Real job: Marketing
Secret superpower: Super flexibility of the limbs (not quite Ms Stretch, but...)
Fun fact: Most of my immediate family were born on the 26th of a month.

  Tara Osman   First alto  Home town:  London  Dream job:  Organising flashmobs and comdedy guerilla gardeining!  Real job:  Running a food bank  When not singing, most likely to be found:  Stroking a cat  Secret superpower:  Finding my own jokes unfeasibly hilarious!  What I love about this group:  We get on such a high from singing great music together. I go home buzzing after every rehearsal! The music choices are often unusual, unexpected, challenging and are always gorgeous.

Tara Osman

First alto
Home town: London
Dream job: Organising flashmobs and comdedy guerilla gardeining!
Real job: Running a food bank
When not singing, most likely to be found: Stroking a cat
Secret superpower: Finding my own jokes unfeasibly hilarious!
What I love about this group: We get on such a high from singing great music together. I go home buzzing after every rehearsal! The music choices are often unusual, unexpected, challenging and are always gorgeous.

  Jonathan Hughes   Bass   Home town:  Ham (now), Molesey (growing up)    Dream job:   Doing a larger-than-life educational roadshow (with music in there somwhere!)   Real job:  Creative Solutions & Workshops    When not singing, most likely to be found : R  unning around Bushy Park with Andy and 1000 other Park Runners.    Secret superpower:  M  y James Bond aerobics. (Hmm. Not so secret now.)    What I love about this group:    How long have you got? The playfulness. The genuine affection for each other. The way we sound together. The endless innuendo. The sense of being on a shared musical adventure...

Jonathan Hughes

Bass
Home town: Ham (now), Molesey (growing up)
Dream job: Doing a larger-than-life educational roadshow (with music in there somwhere!)
Real job: Creative Solutions & Workshops
When not singing, most likely to be found: Running around Bushy Park with Andy and 1000 other Park Runners.
Secret superpower: My James Bond aerobics. (Hmm. Not so secret now.)
What I love about this group: How long have you got? The playfulness. The genuine affection for each other. The way we sound together. The endless innuendo. The sense of being on a shared musical adventure...

  Amy Fenton   Second Alto  Home town:  Brighton  Dream job:  Athlete   Real job:  University marketing  When not singing, most likely to be found:  on a bike / in a boat / at the bar (not necessarily in that order).  Secret Superpower:  phenomenal DIY skills.  What I love about this group:  the diversity of vocal experience and the uniting, ridiculous sense of humour. Trust me, we are hilarious.

Amy Fenton

Second Alto
Home town: Brighton
Dream job: Athlete
Real job: University marketing
When not singing, most likely to be found: on a bike / in a boat / at the bar (not necessarily in that order).
Secret Superpower: phenomenal DIY skills.
What I love about this group: the diversity of vocal experience and the uniting, ridiculous sense of humour. Trust me, we are hilarious.

  Tricia Davies Nearn   Second Alto  Home town:  Seattle (18 years in the Big Smoke)  Dream job:  Muppeteer  Real job:  Mom  Secret superpower:  I am ambidextrous.  What I love about this group:   The camaraderie, the joking around...makes me feel like I'm in high school all over again!

Tricia Davies Nearn

Second Alto
Home town: Seattle (18 years in the Big Smoke)
Dream job: Muppeteer
Real job: Mom
Secret superpower: I am ambidextrous.
What I love about this group:  The camaraderie, the joking around...makes me feel like I'm in high school all over again!

   Harry Lockyear     Tenor     Home town:  Welwyn Garden City    Dream job:  Blue Peter Presenter    Real job:  Theatre Marketing   When not singing, most likely to be found:   Playing the trumpet in the London Gay Symphony Wind Orchestra.    Fun fact:  I once went to the toilet in between Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart

Harry Lockyear

Tenor
Home town: Welwyn Garden City
Dream job: Blue Peter Presenter
Real job: Theatre Marketing
When not singing, most likely to be found: Playing the trumpet in the London Gay Symphony Wind Orchestra.
Fun fact: I once went to the toilet in between Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart

  Freddie Dean   Tenor  Home town:  Epsom  Dream job:  Movie Critic  Real job:  Front of House Trainer at the London Dungeons  When not singing, most likely to be found:  Spending time with my girlfriend! Or sleeping...  Secret superpower:  Persuading Customers to buy lots of combo tickets at work!                What I love most about this group:  All the amazing people and their creative ideas that help us develop and become fantastic!

Freddie Dean

Tenor
Home town: Epsom
Dream job: Movie Critic
Real job: Front of House Trainer at the London Dungeons
When not singing, most likely to be found: Spending time with my girlfriend! Or sleeping...
Secret superpower: Persuading Customers to buy lots of combo tickets at work!               What I love most about this group: All the amazing people and their creative ideas that help us develop and become fantastic!

   Lilibeth Sings     Alto    Home town:  Should have been London    Dream job:  Songwriter    Real job:  Designer    When not singing, most likely to be found:  Singing. At open mics.    Secret power:  I can write backwards and I can complete Super Mario Land on the Game Boy in 30 min. (There may or may not be a correlation.)   What I love about this group:  How inclusive and supportive everyone is and the really varied mix of people and backgrounds.

Lilibeth Sings

Alto
Home town: Should have been London
Dream job: Songwriter
Real job: Designer
When not singing, most likely to be found: Singing. At open mics.
Secret power: I can write backwards and I can complete Super Mario Land on the Game Boy in 30 min. (There may or may not be a correlation.) 
What I love about this group: How inclusive and supportive everyone is and the really varied mix of people and backgrounds.

  Severine Nicolle   Second soprano  Home town:  Le Mans, France  Dream job:  Rock star  Real job:  Special needs teacher...but a happy full time mother for now.  When not singing, most likely to be    found:      with my family or friends.    What I love about this group:   everyone is involved and gives their best in a fantastic, fun and friendly atmosphere. Singing together makes us feel so good!

Severine Nicolle

Second soprano
Home town: Le Mans, France
Dream job: Rock star
Real job: Special needs teacher...but a happy full time mother for now.
When not singing, most likely to be found: with my family or friends.

What I love about this group: everyone is involved and gives their best in a fantastic, fun and friendly atmosphere. Singing together makes us feel so good!

  Andy Shipley   A bit higher than a Bass  Home town:  Princes Risborough  Dream job:  Steward on an airship  Real job:  Policy and Campaigns Manager  When not singing, most likely to be found:  Sitting on a mushroom strumming an unfeasibly small guitar.  What I love about this group:  That no one takes themselves too seriously.  Well, apart from...

Andy Shipley

A bit higher than a Bass
Home town: Princes Risborough
Dream job: Steward on an airship
Real job: Policy and Campaigns Manager
When not singing, most likely to be found: Sitting on a mushroom strumming an unfeasibly small guitar.
What I love about this group: That no one takes themselves too seriously.  Well, apart from...

   Danielle Wragg     First soprano    Home town:  Stockport    Dream job:  Actress (musicals of course!)    Real job:  Finance floozy/accountant     When not singing, most likely to be found:  In a drinking establishment or travelling.     Secret superpower:  I can do some pretty impressive things with a spreadsheet. Saucy, I know....   What I love about this group:  Quite simply, the music and the people.

Danielle Wragg

First soprano
Home town: Stockport
Dream job: Actress (musicals of course!)
Real job: Finance floozy/accountant
When not singing, most likely to be found: In a drinking establishment or travelling. 
Secret superpower: I can do some pretty impressive things with a spreadsheet. Saucy, I know.... 
What I love about this group: Quite simply, the music and the people.