Ruth Webb

Ruth 480x640BCU's accompanist at all our rehearsals and many of our concerts is Ruth Webb (nee Hollick). Ruth joined us in 2006 and her great talent as an accompanist and her calm, cheerful disposition is greatly appreciated by both our musical director Michael Greenhalgh and choir members.

Ruth was born in Plymouth in 1981 and comes from a large musical family. Her father has always been involved in the world of music, founding and still conducting the Laira Youth Brass Band and so encouraged his six children to learn to play musical instruments from a very early age. Ruth started to learn the piano at the age of five and the tenor horn at six..

Ruth was destined to pursue a career in music and moved to Manchester to study for six years at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Here she was awarded a First Class Honours degree in Music, a distinction on her Postgraduate Diploma course and finally completed her studies as a piano accompaniment scholar with Carole Presland.

Whilst at the RNCM Ruth joined fellow student Kathryn Eves to form the Hollick-Eves Duo giving recitals throughout the UK. They also performed successfully at festivals and competitions. Amongst their many awards, they gained the RNCM's highest performing qualification, the "Professional Performance Diploma" with Distinction. In Spring 2008 Ruth and Kathryn accompanied the BCU at their concert but currently the duo is "resting' as they pursue their own careers.

In July 2008 Ruth married Les Webb, another brilliant musician, who is conductor of the Marple Band. They live in South Manchester where Ruth is trying to build up a teaching practice. She has a very busy schedule combining working as a Staff Pianist at the RNCM and Leeds College of Music (Yorkshire Young Musicians), with being official accompanist to both BCU and the Haydock Male Voice Choir.

BCU feels very fortunate to have such a talented accompanist and acknowledges the important role that she plays in helping to maintain the high musical standard of the choir.

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