Community Choir
Bluntisham, Cambridgeshire

Musical Director - Paula Downes

Musical Director - Paula Downes

Paula Downes was a Choral Scholar at Trinity College Cambridge and has since performed with The Sixteen and Philharmonia Voices and as a soloist with numerous Choral Societies and Orchestras including performances under Stephen Cleobury in King's Chapel, Cambridge and in St John's Smith Square under Sarah MacDonald

She founded the female vocal group, The Cantabrigians in 2016, and they have performed all over Cambridge, most notably for The Big Switch On to huge crowds.

An experienced teacher, Paula has taught singing at Bristol University, and music and singing at top private schools including St John's College School, Cambridge. As Chief Executive of Lynwood Music, Promoter and Publisher of the music of her father, composer Andrew Downes, Paula has produced many films and animations based on his songs and became one of three nominees for The American Online Film Awards in 2014. 

Chair - Ann Lorman

Treasurer - Sue Dawson

Accompanist - Olga Elbourn

Olga graduated with highest honours from the State Conservatoire in St.Petersburg, Russia as a concert pianist, piano teacher, accompanist and chamber ensemble player in 2004. She completed a post Graduate course at the St.Petersburg Conservatoire in 2006 as an Accompanist.

After completing her studies Olga worked at the St.Petersburg Conservatoire as a Senior Accompanist for opera singing and instrumental classes, gaining a large amount of experience working with some of the most well-known Russian opera singers and instrumental players.

Olga has coached many students for participating in international competitions, concert tours, performances and exams. Many of these performers are now singing at the best opera theatres around the world. Olga moved to England in 2014 and lives in Waterbeach. Her work now includes intensive teaching, accompanying and performing