Kerry Boyle - Director
Kerry Boyle studied Music and English at the University of Keele and Voice Trinity College of Music and has Open University Masters degrees in both English Literature and Education.
Kerry has a broad performance experience from Oratorio to chamber recital and has worked with various companies including English National Opera, Spitalfields Market Opera, Opera International, the Ambrosian Opera Chorus and Camberwell Pocket Opera.
As a teacher and choral director Kerry has worked with singers of every age and ability. Specialising in vocal technique, her students include musical theatre specialists, jazz singers and opera singers. She has established partnerships and ‘twinning’ projects with practitioners, choirs and ensembles in France, Holland, Italy, Germany, Hungary and Greece.
In addition to her work as Director of Canterbury Vocals, Kerry currently teaches voice at Canterbury Christ Church University and is a teacher consultant on the MusicTeacher.co.uk / Musicians' Union Art Of Teaching project. Kerry also directs Canterbury Girls’ Choir, Canterbury Girls’ Chamber Choir, Canterbury Childrens' Choir and Canterbury Ladies Choir. As a freelance choral animateur, Kerry is working to develop a range of accessible singing opportunites in and around the Canterbury area.
Thomas Liddle - Coach/Pianist
During his undergraduate studies at Canterbury Christ Church University, Thomas Liddle was the recipient of numerous prizes and scholarships for excellence in piano accompaniment (including 1st prize in the Parnell-Greenacre Memorial Contest for song accompaniment with tenor Samuel Palacios). In 2009, Thomas was the awarded the prestigious Larissa Lovelock scholarship for postgraduate study in music and completed his MMus in performance under the tuition of Dr Kim Burwell. He is in regular demand for recitals with numerous singers and instrumentalists, as well as exam and audition work.
In his time at Canterbury, Thomas was privileged to take part in masterclasses and work with some highly regarded performers and individuals, including Christopher Gould, John Flinders, Roger Vignoles, Peter Gritton, Linda Hutchinson, John Harle, Simon Lepper, Dame Cleo Laine and Sir John Dankworth..
Whilst an undergraduate, Thomas accepted the post of Centre Accompanist and Assistant Director of Youth Choir at the Canterbury Kent Music Centre. Furthermore, Thomas is regularly invited to work as an Accompanist and Supervisor at various residential courses run by Kent Music during the school holidays, and plays for them in performance in the U.K. and abroad.
Thomas is also an experienced choral singer, and has sung with the Kent-based chamber choir, the Chancel Singers (under Christopher Harris MA FRCO), with whom he performed in venues across the country.
At present, Thomas works as a class and specialist music teacher at St. Eanswythe’s C.E. Primary School in Folkestone, most recently, working with the Sacconi Quartet in educational projects for children and young people.