Beeston Voices Youth Choir

Meet the team...

The BVYC Team


Becky HowesBecky. I live in Beeston and work part-time at a local primary school as a Music specialist teacher. I've been teaching for 11 years and for most of that time have specialised in music and singing. I have a passion for singing in particular and love seeing children grow in confidence and enthusiasm as they sing - the positive impact on mental health and wellbeing is obvious to see.
I have led Beeston Voices Community Choir since 2011 when it was set up as a small group of about 12 people who enjoyed singing in harmony. Since then we have grown to a weekly attendance of around 80 people and currently have a waiting list! After a successful collaboration last summer between Beeston Voices and John Clifford School's Rock Choir, I decided that I wanted this to be a broader local venture including children from more than one school...and so the seed was sown. 6 months later and I am so proud to be launching BEESTON VOICES YOUTH CHOIR supported by this wonderful team of people!
We are looking forward to meeting your children and are passionate about nurturing and developing that love of singing in them too.

DomDom. I live in Chilwell and work as a primary school teacher in West Bridgford. I've been teaching for 11 years and for most of that time have specialised in music and the arts. I've been a keen musician since I started learning piano at 5 years old and have played a number of other instruments, including the trumpet, guitar and voice. I love singing and, like Becky, love seeing children grow in confidence and enthusiasm as they sing. I have loved growing my current school choir from only 14 pupils to over 120 - including half being boys. I am really looking forward to being part of BVYC and cannot wait for the journey to begin.


Katherine KravenKatherine. I have been a primary school teacher for nearly thirty years, the last fifteen of which have been as a specialist music teacher in two local schools. I also run a choir and an orchestra for 7-11 year olds at one of the schools. Outside of school, I help to run the Nottingham Youth Band and also play the flute and saxophone in various local adult bands. 
I have enjoyed singing with Beeston Voices for four years and I am very excited about sharing my love of singing with this new Youth Choir.


Sarah BaileySarah. have been singing for as long as I can remember! I loved singing in both church and school choirs as a child and even sang live on the local BBC radio station when we were rehearsing for a high school musical! I had singing, piano, clarinet and saxophone lessons but singing was always my passion. I joined Beeston Voices back in 2011 and have really enjoyed the wide variety of music we sing and the social element of being part of such a large, friendly choir. I am a full-time TA at John Clifford and have a son in Year 8 at NUAST and a daughter in Year 4. I have previously assisted Becky in running Young Voices and Rock Choir at John Clifford and am really looking forward to being involved in BVYC.


Catherine SimpkinsCatherine. I am a trained primary school teacher currently working part-time as a TA at a local school and I have three sons all at schools in Beeston and Chilwell. I always enjoyed singing in choirs when I was at school and rediscovered the fun of singing in a choir when I joined Beeston Voices in 2012. I love every aspect of the choir from rehearsing with friends to performing out in the community and I'm really excited to be helping out with the new youth choir!


Chris HammondChris. I am a Beeston 'local' with a young daughter at Round Hill School. My work background is running two small businesses in the animal feed industry, hence volunteering for the Treasurer's role at BVYC, but outside of work, I've been a keen musician since I started learning piano at 6 years old! I've played brass instruments most of my life, but more recently I've been bitten by the singing bug! I benefitted hugely from various music-based youth organisations during my childhood, so I'm very pleased to be able to give some time to a similar organisation in the hope it will assist a new generation of singers!


A couple more to follow!