Personnel/Biographies

Sadie Nine
Sadie Nine
President

Sadie presents The Breakfast Show on BBC Essex, Monday to Friday 6 am – 9 am Her infectious laugh and personality have won her a Gold ‘Gillard’, an ‘RTS’ TV award, and a nomination for a ‘Sony’ – the radio ‘Oscars’.

Sadie loves radio and has presented shows on BBC Radio London and LBC and has presented many times on BBC London’s ‘Inside Out’ and Look East News, but, Sadie actually began her career as a singer.

She had a number 4 in the U.S. Clubplay Chart and 22 in their 12” sales chart with ‘Let’s Work It Out’ – still available on Ebay! She became a ‘popstar’ in the then USSR, where she appeared live to audiences of 10,000 and TV audiences of 100 MILLION!

Sadie went on to headline a show in China for 5 months and starred in several West End Shows alongside names such as Shane Richie, ‘Game of Thrones’ star Hannah Waddingham, Ross Kemp & many more, but then, presenting on the radio took over.

Three years ago Sadie was diagnosed with breast cancer for a second time. Operations and chemo followed. Sadie shared her experience with her listeners, hoping it may help others who are facing the same thing, and, her listeners are definitely helping her get through this.

Sadie is thrilled to be involved with the ‘Orpheus Singers’ and truly believes that the camaraderie felt through singing with others, as well as the proven physical benefits, is a joy that cannot be underestimated. And, to raise money for charities at the same time makes it even more joyous!

David Clark
David Clark
Musical Director

Born in Northumberland and trained at Bede College, Durham, David Clark taught in middle, special and secondary schools. For 13 years he was Head of Creative Arts and Director of Music at a local comprehensive school and also Principal of Southend Music School.

He was then appointed 14-19 Strategy Manager for Southend schools, followed by seven years working as a self-employed consultant, managing educational projects. For 23 years David was the Musical Director of Leigh Orpheus Male Voice Choir, building their membership from 30 to 130. In 2002 he founded Southend Wind Orchestra, performing a challenging contemporary repertoire.

In September 2012 he was honoured to be appointed Musical Director of The Southend Band, the civic brass band and in January 2014 he formed a new mixed voice choir, The DaCapo Singers. David has been Musical Director of The Orpheus Singers since its inception in 2008.

Melody Wallace
Melody Wallace
Assistant Musical Director

Melody is a graduate of Colchester Institute’s School of Music, where she studied composition, under Alan Bullard, oboe and piano. She has been involved with choral singing ever since school. Melody is an active local musician being part of both The Orpheus Singers ladies choir, from its formation and the Southend Wind Orchestra

Janet Walker
Janet Walker
Accompanist

Jan is an experienced and busy accompanist. She plays for three choirs and enjoys working with many instrumental and vocal soloists. She is the Musical Director of the Leigh Orpheus Male Voice Choir, having been their Accompanist for many years.

Jan’s great passion is bringing the joy of music to children and developing their skills. She has been responsible for the specialist music at West Leigh Infant and Junior School. Under her guidance, the children have performed at The Royal Festival Hall, The Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Purcell Room. They are regular performers at St. Paul’s Church, Covent Garden.

Margaret Tickle
Margaret Tickle
Chairman
Pat Allen
Pat Allen
Vice Chairman
Marion Orchard
Marion Orchard
Concert Manager
Linda Martin
Linda Martin
Membership Secretary
Chris Welbourn
Chris Welbourn
Secretary
Kathleen Curtis
Kathleen Curtis
Treasurer
Sue Latchford
Sue Latchford
Website Coordinator
Lynne Ewins
Lynne Ewins
Founder