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MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Lindy-WilliamsLindy Williams was a Foundation Scholar at the Royal College of Music where she studied piano, cello and chamber music. She was also awarded a Leverhulme Scholarship in her final year. Her teachers included Cecil Aronowitz, Lamar Crowson, Hubert Dawkes, Isolde Menges, Harvey Philips, Bernard Roberts and Harry Stubbs, all of whom have been strong and lasting influences on her music-making.  At that time the possibility of women conducting was extremely rare and the idea certainly did not enter Lindy's head.  That said, she was told by her mother that at the age of five at the local fete she announced that she wanted to conduct and proceeded to stand behind the bandmaster 'helping' him to conduct!

After many years teaching in various schools and colleges in and around London and occasionally participating in concerts, she moved to Yorkshire in 1984.  During the 1970s she had become interested in early music and was influenced by many musicians who were pioneering new approaches to instrumental playing at that time. She took up the harpsichord and often took part in local concerts near her new home in Yorkshire.

Although Lindy did accompany singers from time to time, most of her musical life had centred around instrumental rather than vocal music and it was not until 2003 that choral music became part of her life.  Having joined the local choral society, she was later asked by some of the singers (in 2007) to form an informal group to sing small-scale unaccompanied choral works. She has been director of Cantores salicium, as it became known, ever since. Discovering the repertoire and seeking the possibilities for a small choir is both a delight and a challenge and Lindy acknowledges with much gratitude the guidance and inspiration she has received in her journey into choral music, in particular from Simon Over, Nicholas O’Neill and Darren Everhart. She and her husband sometimes sing in the Parliament Choir, of which Simon and Nick are Musical Director and Composer-in-Residence/Chorusmaster respectively. 

In a total change of direction, between 1992 and 2005 Lindy studied for and gained a BSc in physiology & pharmacology (University of Central Lancashire) followed by a doctorate for a study of migraine (University of Nottingham). 

With her husband, Danny Powell, Lindy lives in the Yorkshire Dales, where she enjoys in particular cycling, gardening, reading and cooking, and keeping up with medical science when she can.  Her daughter is jazz pianist Kate Williams.