Jo Richards, our new accompanist, also works as piano teacher, organist and occasional composer. After studying music at Exeter University and then at the Royal College of Music as répétiteur in the Opera School, Jo received the Associate Diploma of the Royal College of Organists, and since then has gained a wealth of experience as piano accompanist for singers, choirs, opera groups and instrumentalists, and also as church organist, choir director, and piano teacher in Surrey. Having moved to Norwich in 2016, Jo is currently organist at St Helen’s Ranworth and St Mary’s South Walsham, and is reestablishing her piano teaching practice. Jo loves all kinds of music, tinkering with organs, computers and hi-fi.
Jo can be contacted via her website dicelandmusic.co.uk where you can also listen to her compositions for piano and choir.
Diana Pordham was the accompanist for the Framingham Earl Singers from its formation until 2008 when she became a member of the choir.
Born in Norwich, Diana grew up and was educated in Surrey. Her love of accompanying stems from her Grammar School years in Farnham where she regularly played for school Speech Days and assemblies. At Goldsmiths College London she trained as a first school teacher, specialising in music.
Diana’s teaching career has been in Norwich where she married and raised a family. She has always been an active choral singer joining local choirs as well as an accompanist at music festivals, instrumental exams and choral evening classes. For several years she was the accompanist for the Broadland Youth Choir.
Diana has given private piano lessons and been part of many chamber music ensembles. Her other interests are watercolour painting and flower arranging.