Our team grows with the choir.  Find out about volunteering opportunities on the 'Work With Us' page.


-  A founder and director of BAYC

-  Owner of Bradnum Vocals

-  Musical Director of Ilkley Youth Choir, Morrisingers and Ilkley Stage Singers

-  Assistant Musical Director at Baildon Village Voices

-  Principal of Stagecoach Performing Arts Bradford (April 2009 - December 2018)

-  Assistant Musical Director of Stagecoach North East Regional Choir (2014 - 2018)

-  Certified Level 3 Instructor with the Institute for Vocal Advancement

-  Trained in choral conducting (ABCD and Dr Michael Barrett)

-  Trained in teaching young voices (Jenevora Williams)

-  Participant in choral workshops by John Rutter and Bob Chilcott

-  Diploma in singing and Grade 8 flautist

-  A singing teacher, Vocal Coach and instrumental teacher (flute, piccolo, saxophone, piano)

-  Holds a certificate in Vocal Health First Aid (Vocal Health Education)

-  A member of the Association of Teachers of Singing and the British Voice Association

-  Training in Understanding Autism (Amaze Autism) 


-  A founder and director of BAYC

-  Owner of Becs Leighton Music

-  Accompanist for Ilkley Youth Choir

-  Accompanist and arranger for Barnsley Singers to April 2019

-  Accompanist and arranger for Village Voices (2016 - 2019)

-  Trained in choral conducting by ABCD and Dr Michael Barrett

-  Trained by Kodály UK in musicianship education and conducting

-  Trained in teaching singing by Jenevora Williams and Vocal Process

-  A qualified piano, flute and music theory teacher (DipLCM)

-  A published arranger and composer

-  ABRSM Grade 8 pianist and LCM Grade 8 flautist

-  A member of the Musician's Union, the British Flute Society, and the Curious Piano Teachers

-  A Speech and Language Therapist specialising in Learning Disabilities (BMed Sci Hons, MClinRes)


-  Holds a Degree in Music and a Post-Graduate Certificate of Teaching

-  Trained with the first cohort of the Young Conductors Apprenticeship Scheme (ABCD)

-  Trained by David Lawrence (Young Voices), Bob Chilcott, Mike Brewer and Alan Simmons

-  Co-directs Ilkley Youth Choir and Ilkley Stage Singers

-  Taught singing at Stagecoach Schools since 2002

-  Directed the Stagecoach North East Regional Choir

-  Conducted Huddersfield Choral Society Youth Choir 2002-2003

-  Teaches singing for Musica Kirklees and at Moorfield School, Ilkley

-  Teaches brass in secondary schools and works with Musica Jazz

-  An internationally renowned arranger of brass and choral music

-  Conducts Hot Aire! Concert Band


All our Musical Directors hold enhanced DBS checks, and up-to-date certificates in Paediatric First Aid, Safeguarding and Child Protection.  BAYC is a member of Making Music and holds relevant insurances.