About us

We embrace a broad repertoire of music from classical to traditional folk to contemporary and the themes of our concerts have ranged from Broadway hits through to Britton and Faure.  We have also worked closely with local composers Orlando Gough and Helen Glavin.  Led by the established and much respected musical director Ruth Kerr, we’ve all found that we have developed as singers through our experience in the choir.

In addition we run occasional voice workshops when we have an opportunity to work on our technique outside of rehearsals.

At their Christmas concert in December 2012 Paddock Singers were delighted to showcase two newly-composed Christmas songs by local tenor and composer Paul Austin Kelly (www.paulaustinkelly.com).  This follows a tradition by Paddock Singers of performing new works by local composers including Helen Glavin’s “In the Arms of Our Lady” at last year’s Christmas concert as well as being an integral part of the premiere of Helen’s Phoenix Cantata (www.thephoenixcantata.com/) in May 2012 and patron Orlando Gough’s “Dead Head” in November 2010.

Paddock Singers are very happy to talk to any local composers about performing their choral works.

Ruth Kerr imageRuth Kerr – Musical director
Ruth Kerr studied music at Cambridge University, where she held choral and instrumental scholarships, and singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

She began her career as a chorister with many of the UK’s leading professional choirs and with Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and has since gone on to perform many lead operatic roles throughout the UK and in Europe, including Mimi (La Boheme), Violetta (La traviata), Tosca, Gilda (Rigoletto), Aida, Madame Butterfly, Susanna (Marriage of Figaro) and Tatyana (Eugene Onegin).

She also regularly performs Monserrrat Caballe’s role in the classic song “Barcelona” throughout Europe with the unparalleled tribute band “One Night of Queen” (giving her an intriguing insight into the world of Rock music!).  Ruth combines a busy performing career with teaching singing, piano accompanying and examining for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

She is thrilled to be directing Lewes’s Paddock Singers!



John Hancorn imageJohn Hancorn – Founder
John Hancorn has had an illustrious singing career in the world of opera, oratorio, recital and consort work including English National Opera, Glyndebourne and the Academy of St Martins in the Fields. In addition to his busy concert diary, he has now established a firm reputation as a choral director and vocal animateur.


Orlando Gough imageOrlando Gough – patron
Orlando Gough writes music mostly for the theatre – operas, plays, dance pieces, music-theatre, directs the left-field choir The Shout, and devises and directs large-scale site-specific choral pieces.

He has recently written an opera A Ring A Lamp A Thing with libretto by Caryl Churchill, a filmed opera Hey Come On Out for Streetwise Opera, The Spell for the vocal consort I Fagiolini, Transmission for two percussionists playing HMS Belfast, and, in collaboration with the artist Matt Stokes, Cantata Profana for the lead singers of six Extreme Metal bands.

His latest opera, Imago, was performed at Glyndebourne in March 2013;  a collaboration between professional opera singers and local amateurs it received great acclaim. We are thrilled that two Paddock Singers, Carole Brittain and Katy Tutton were chosen to sing in the chorus.