Wilma Oliver (née Hill)
Wilma studied piano (main) plus singing and violin at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, graduating in 1960, with the Academy’s diplomas in both performing and teaching, and also gained the LRAM, and ARCM. She gave recitals on BBC radio 3 Scotland, and has performed both solo and as an accompanist to solo singers and choirs, and has also been involved in chamber music.
She was a peripatetic music teacher for many years; first in Scotland, then after marrying, moved to Essex where she fulfilled the same rôle, as well as teaching at home.
She is still very active, accompanying in various situations, running the instrumental music group in her local church, and singing in the church choir, where she sometimes conducts the anthems. She also enjoys playing violin in the Pulham Orchestra.
Wilma is married with three ‘children’ and five grandchildren. Her main non-musical hobbies are gardening and watching tennis.
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.