Kilmeny MacBride started singing in her local church choir at the age of ten and has been involved in choral music ever since. While at university, she was a member of Oriel College Chapel  Choir, Queen’s College Chapel Choir and the Oxford Bach Choir under Christopher Robinson, as well as singing in various ad hoc ensembles. More recently, she has sung in the Two Moors Festival Chorus led by Colin Howard and a small a cappella group, the Renaissance Singers. Kilmeny’s first experience of direction was of a small choir she founded while at school as part of her music A level. During the director of music’s two periods of maternity leave, Kilmeny ran the West Buckland School Choir and in 2009 prepared them for a performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion in Exeter Cathedral. Between 2010 and 2012, she also directed the junior girls’ choir at the school, focusing on modern repertoire as chosen by its members. In April 2013, Kilmeny took up the position of director of a new female-voice choir, the South Molton Songbirds, under the umbrella of South Molton Sings. Kilmeny lives in South Molton where she tutors in French and English and is establishing herself as a proofreader and copy-editor.

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