ABOUT THE TEAM

Learn more about the team that runs the Our Dementia Choir

VICKY Mc CLURE

Vicky McClure is 37 years old, actor and presenter of BBC One’s ‘Our Dementia Choir’. Vicky is Chair for the charity ‘Our Dementia Choir’.

Having made very personal connections with the ‘Our Dementia Choir’ members and their family & carers Vicky is determined to continue creating a place in which people living with dementia can challenge themselves whilst building friendships and gaining all the positive effects music has. Vicky is ambitious and has high hopes the formula of Our Dementia Choir will eventually reach far and wide.

With an incredibly devoted and professional team we aim to ensure Our Dementia Choir gains the support, funding and joy that allows the group and future groups to be a part of something that has scientifically proven to improve the lives of people living with dementia through the power of music.

KAREN BONSER 

Karen Bonser is 54 years old and the wife of a current member of the Dementia Choir, Mick Bonser who is also 54 and living with Alzheimer’s. 

She is currently appointed as the Secretary for the Dementia Choir charity, supporting a wide range of areas to ensure that the charity is compliant, viable, remains true to its aims and objectives, as well as supporting and co-ordinating operational areas of the work of the charity.

Karen has extensive experience in managing charities in the education sector for over 30 plus years.  She is currently an Executive Business Leader for a Multi Academy Trust in Nottinghamshire and is involved in all aspects of educational business management, risk and development.

Being married to Mick, she has the invaluable experience of living with dementia. She is able to link with other members of the choir and their families and carers on their thoughts and requests which drives the charities mission, vision and values, as well as supporting the choir’s operational needs ongoing.

Karen’s main aim, having such a personal connection, is to provide and promote the ongoing support to Our Dementia Choir and those living with dementia, with the specific benefits of how music can uplift and bring so much joy to those individual’s lives.

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PAUL DAY 

Paul Day is the Chief Operating Officer of Curve Media, the TV production company working with Vicky McClure on the ‘Our Dementia Choir’ documentary series

He is currently appointed as the Treasurer for the Dementia Choir charity, looking after the accounts and reporting to ensure that the charity is financially responsible and compliant.

Paul is an experienced Television Production and Business Executive who has worked with some of the biggest names and brands in the business, he runs all production and business concerns of Curve Media. He has managed budgets and finances at all levels.

Paul has also been involved in fundraising for various charities including Care International, Mind, Mango Tree Goa and Movember supported charities funding Prostate Cancer research and providing help to mental health organisations.

CAMILLA LEWIS

Camilla is the joint CEO and co-founder of Curve Media. She has overseen a range of successful productions for Discovery Networks, Channel 4, ITV, Sky and the BBC since Curve’s launch, including the ‘Our Dementia Choir’ documentary series with Vicky McClure.

 

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Lewis has produced Ross Kemp: Britain’s Volunteer Army for BBC One, alongside the continued production of series for Channel 5, Channel 4, More 4 and Discovery. 

 

Prior to founding Curve, Camilla was UK Managing Director at Cineflix, Head of Factual Features at talkbackTHAMES (FreemantleMedia), Head of Factual at CBBC, and Deputy Editor of Tomorrow’s World.

 

Whilst working alongside the other members of the Dementia Choir charity, Camilla is also a Trustee and mentor for the Promise Foundation, a charity that provides young people with mentors to unlock their potentials for future careers.

PETER COVENTRY

Peter is a freelance TV Series Producer and Director, with 20 years experience making documentaries and films for major broadcasters in the UK and US. Without question, being involved in Our Dementia Choir has been one of his proudest achievements, not only for the fantastic programmes made, but also because of the community that was created. 

 

From day one this was an amazing project full of emotion, truth and laughter. Collectively the families, carers and our choir are a joyous, kind, amazing bunch that still encourage, support and sing together at every opportunity.

 

 Peter will be overseeing media needs for the choir as they expand and will be involved as the TV journey continues

ANGELA O’Neill

Angela has been with Our Dementia Choir since day one. She also works for Alzheimer’s Society as Singing for the Brain Leader for Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, which is how she became involved with the documentary. In addition to this, she teaches piano and is single mum to 3 children.

In the programme, Angela had the role of Musical Assistant to Mark de Lisser and after filming ended, she was instrumental in ensuring the choir stayed together and continued to perform. 

She has led and directed all aspects of Our Dementia Choir since September 2018, holding fortnightly rehearsals, and has made it possible for our members to sing at lots of performances – from our own Christmas concert, to headlining the 2019 Active Notts awards ceremony, to appearing on the stage of Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall once more as part of a Children in Need fundraising concert. 

Since the country’s first lockdown, she has hosted weekly Zoom chats and fortnightly Zoom singing sessions with the choir and was responsible for our choir making the videos and voice recordings for our recent project with the Major Oak Pop Choir (produced by Mark de Lisser and Peter Coventry)

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MARK DE-LISSER

Mark De-Lisser is one of the most sought after choral directors, vocal coaches and arrangers in the industry. Having studied at both Colchester Institute and Central School of Speech and Drama, where he earned a Masters in Voice Studies, Mark went on to teach at many established institutions including The Brit School, University of Westminster and the Academy of Contemporary Music. 

Although some may know him for his work as a vocal coach on many BBC TV programmes such as "The Voice," "Let it Shine", “Pitch Battle”, “This is My Song”, “All Together Now” , “Eurovision Song Contest" and the Masked Singer to name but a few, Mark is perhaps best known for his work with choirs. He is the proud musical director of the award-winning ACM Gospel Choir whom he founded back in 2005, as well as being the founder of Singology Choirs - a vision he first began way back in 2004.

Mark's arrangements are sung the world over, and his unique published series; “SING OUT!” has become the go to for choral directors and singers in search of the best modern popular choral arrangements. There are currently nine books in the series, all containing individual audio parts for each vocal section as well as sheet music for all the carefully selected songs. In 2018 Mark was asked by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to arrange Stand By Me for their wedding in May of that year, giving him the ‘Royal’ stamp of approval, 

Mark’s first co-authored book “Inspire Your Choir”, is published by Bloomsbury. The book followed Mark’s first appearance alongside Gareth Malone on the BBC’s "The Naked Choir". Mark again featured as a leading choral mentor alongside Gareth in 2016’s "The Choir." 

For more on Mark visit: www.markdelisser.com Twitter: @MarkDelisser