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ANN MACCARTHY

stockport and tameside

0330 1330 307

stockport.tameside@musical-moments.co.uk

@mmtameside

Music has always been a huge part of my life. I come from a family that sang together round the piano, my mother instilling a love of classical music in me early on by putting records on and dancing round the sitting room to entertain me.

I’ve sung in all sorts of choirs from small chamber ensembles to large choirs such as the Birmingham Choral. I enjoy taking part in mass choir days with the Hallé in Manchester and have even contributed to an internet based Virtual Choir. I got my first guitar at 9 years old and never looked back. I play the classical guitar, traditionally a solo instrument but I’ve always preferred to play with others in duo or ensemble form. More recently I joined the Stockport Ukulele Players and perform with them at local events, venues and occasional trains. I sing and play ukulele at open mic nights where I also like to spring the odd classical surprise – most people don’t expect to hear Vivaldi or Bach played on a ukulele!

Alongside the music, I worked as a Business Analyst for many years but never left the music behind. In my spare time I studied music with the Open University, completing my degree in 2014. I went on to complete my MA in 2018, writing my dissertation on birdsong in modern music, bringing together my interests in music and the environment. When I’m not involved in music I love being out and about in the Peak District countryside, writing about nature and taking photographs of the local wildlife.

In 2015 I began volunteering for the Alzheimer’s Society in singing groups for people living with dementia and decided it was time to change career from mathematician to musician. I’m delighted that I can now leave the office behind and join the Musical Moments team, sharing my passion for music with the people of Stockport and Tameside.