Merel van der Knoop is our new MD, having led the choir covering for our previous Music Director’s maternity leave. She gained a Bachelor degree in solo piano from the Rotterdam Conservatoire in The Netherlands and then went on to study Piano Accompaniment at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama from which she graduated with a Masters in Music and a Masters in Music Performance, Guildhall Artist degree.
Merel currently works as a freelance accompanist and vocal coach besides teaching singing, piano, leading choirs and being staff accompanist in two private schools in Wimbledon. She is also a classical artist on board P&O cruises and took up the position of covering Head of Music at the Hall School in Wimbledon from 2016 – 2017.
Besides being active as an accompanist Merel also took acting classes at Morley College and City Lit. She was part of the City Lit Rep Company which took Hamlet to the RSC Open Air Festival in Stratford upon Avon. Merel currently also works as an extra for tv commercials and feature films.
AmyBeth Beel worked with London's Transport Choir since 2011 and was our regular Music Director from 2014 -19. She is a vocal coach and professional soprano who hails from Aberdeen in Scotland where she won her first music prize at the age of eight. She graduated with honours in performance from the Iain Tomlin School of Music in Edinburgh, has a second BEd (Hons) degree, and a postgraduate diploma in Opera.
AmyBeth moved to London in 2011 and has run vocal programmes for musical theatre companies and music schools. As a soloist she has toured throughout the UK (as principal singer with Scottish Ballet) and in Europe as a freelance artist. AmyBeth currently works as a lecturer and voice coach at both Morley College and The Institute of Contemporary Performance. She also conducts The London Stroke Choir as well as working with choirs across the Triborough and Haringey districts. She firmly believes that singing should be enjoyable, and encourages each individual and the groups she works with to realise their full potential.