Chorus Master

Sally Godsell

Sally has sung in choirs since the age of six, spending her formative years with Sheila Mossman and the Orpington Junior Singers.

Her first major solo performance was as Gretel in a very much simplified version of the Humperdink opera at Crofton Primary School when she was nine. She also sang Angelina in ‘Trial by Jury’ in her last year at secondary school, being the only girl in the all-male cast of a local boys’ school! On leaving school – with an ATCL Performer’s Diploma in singing – she trained to be a teacher at Christchurch College, Canterbury, where she gained a distinction in music, with voice as her first instrument. She studied with May Bartlett (Forwood) and sang in several concerts including ‘The Blessed Demosel’ and ‘The Coffee Cantata’. Whilst at Christchurch she was Assistant Conductor of the Chapel Choir, regularly conducting services in the college chapel.

Over the years, Sally has been a member of various choirs in the Canterbury area, including Canterbury Choral Society, The Canterbury Singers, The Kent Chamber Choir and was a member of the Canterbury Cantata Choir established by David Flood in 1984. Currently, she also sings with Caritas Chamber choir and Eastbridge Chorale. For six years she was co-conductor of the Kent County Junior Singers, being part of the team that took the children on tour to Germany in 2003 and Holland in 2006. She also sang as a soloist with the band of the Royal Marines shortly before they moved from Deal in 1996. Sally has now retired and will use her experience to teach piano and recorder at Joy Lane and run a children’s choir, Junior Voices, which is based at the school, but open to all children in the Whitstable area. She has 7 grandchildren, and is trying to avoid being available 24/7 for nanny duty. She is also hoping to spend more time in her garden and catching up on jobs around the house involving decorating, sewing and jam-making!