About Us

'Ocho' (Spanish for 8 !) is a vocal ensemble which sings an amazing range of repertoire from sacred music, through the romantic victorian era, Gershwin, to modern popular music featuring Billy Joel, Eva Cassidy and even Jessie J ! In order to ensure that we can fulfil all of our engagements, we are actually building an Ocho 'family' of 12 singers. However, you will only ever see 8 sing together ... staying true to the 'Ocho'  creed. The ensemble was formed in 2013 and all of the singers have great experience in choral singing and have come together to produce a unique and beautiful sound. As we say, there may be eight singers , but they blend together to make 'one voice'.​ Truly ... something for everyone !

The group sings a variety of concerts, some charity events and also likes to test its mettle by entering vocal competitions ........

Competition Honours
 
Oundle Festival of Music and Drama 2019
SATB Partsongs   1st Prize
Sacred Music       1st Prize
    Vocal Ensemble   1st Prize    
   
Burton Competitive Music Festival 2019
Vocal Ensemble 1st Prize
Senior Winners Overall Competition  1st Prize
Oundle Festival of Music and Drama 2017
SATB Partsongs   1st Prize
Sacred Music       1st Prize
 
Biddulph & Moorlands Music Festival 2015 Vocal Ensemble 1st Prize
  
Burton Competitive Music Festival 2015
​Vocal Ensemble 1st Prize

Would you like to audition to sing with Ocho?

To complete our 'family' we are currently looking for one soprano, one tenor and a bass.

If so, click here to get more information and complete an online application form and as soon as we can return to singing, we shall contact you.

The Ocho family  .........

Soeli Bonham's roots lie in sacred choral music - touring as a RSCM chorister; BBC Choirgirl of the Year Finalist, alongside Katherine Jenkins; and later at Derby Cathedral. Soeli sang under Sir Simon Rattle, having been awarded the prestigious David Clover Scholarship, and has sung for royalty and elected officials in the UK and Europe.

Tilley Bancroft began her musical life as a violinist, touring internationally when she was as young as 13! She has been a member of various orchestras, string ensembles and groups including Staffordshire Youth Orchestra, Derby Concert Orchestra and local folk groups. Tilley has always had a love of singing and began studying classical vocals 6 years ago.

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Stuart Hannibal has always loved singing. It all started with a primary school production of 'My Fair Lady' trying to woo Eliza Doolittle 'on the street where you live'. Stuart has performed in Musical theatre in Birmingham, 'crooned' for the Sinatra UK Music Society, and over the last few years he's enjoyed singing with his local Choral Society. He loves to mess around on his piano and has been known to pick up a guitar, but most of all, he just loves to croon...

Simon is a published composer-arranger, conductor and performer with long-standing connections with Birmingham Conservatoire.  In 2009 he won the Conservatoire’s John Mayer prize for composition. He has completed a PhD in contemporary composition for bass guitar, and teaches music in central Birmingham. His arrangement for the Swingle Singers of The Beatles’ Drive My Car has been performed at least 200 times worldwide.

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Hannah Wilkinson has been singing all her of her life and has performed as a mezzo-soprano soloist at a wide variety of concerts and functions. She is a former member of The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain.  Having completed her medical studies, Hannah returned to choral singing as a founder member of Ocho !

Adrian Juffs sang at school, forgot to sing for a while, then found his voice again in the Noteability, Notable Company, Friday Voices and Choros Amici choirs.  He plays cornet a teeny bit, piano even less, gets roped into community singing and amateur panto, and enjoys volunteering with Music for Everyone’s Boys and Youth choirs and Youth Band.

Megan Daniels has a BA Hons in Musical Theatre. She was a member of the UK’s prestigious national Youth Music Theatre for four years. She has sung as part of the City of Birmingham Youth Chorus and the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus.
Megan also teaches musical theatre at StageScreen Burton.

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Rachel Cook was one of the founding members of Ocho and as well as singing in chamber choirs, also enjoys musicals with her beloved Burton Musical Theatre Company. After a brief break, Rachel has returned to part of our extended Ocho family.

Derek Gardner started singing as a 10 year old in a church choir in South Wales. His musical life has varied since then, playing violin, guitar and, more recently, cajon drum. But Derek has always sung ........ you know what they say about Welshmen! He has maintained an interest in choral music singing with Noteable Company, Friday Voices and Choros Amici Chamber Choirs.

What they said ..........

'What a fabulous concert! Beautiful blend of voices and superb harmonies. We had a wonderful evening - thank you!'

'I loved your singing today'

'Mezmerising'

'Brilliant! ......Just brilliant'

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