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Janet Burchell, Pianist


I have been pianist for City Chorus since January 2011 following a 4 month stint as assistant pianist. I started playing piano at the tender age of 9, reaching grade 8 when I was 17. My musical studies at school also included Recorders, Viola, Flute, Music Theory and Music to A level standard. Over the following 12 years, I was involved in a number of musical activities, including singing with the Hatfield Philharmonic Chorus, playing the organ at St Peter’s Church, Benington, and accompanying soloists for music exams and recitals.

Family life took then over, caring for my daughter who has severe learning difficulties, so music had to take second place for a while. As my daughter has grown up and become more independent, I have been able to re-discover my love of music and am now kept busy with various commitments. I continue to play the organ at St Peter’s Church, and have performed as piano accompanist and soloist at the annual Snowdrop Recitals in the Church. I am pianist for “Singing for Pleasure” (part of Letchworth Arts & Leisure Group), play piano at a local care home and together with a small group of friends, give recitals for children and adults with learning difficulties within the local community, playing piano, recorder and flute.

I am thoroughly enjoying playing the piano for City Chorus. I love the wide variety of music we perform, I have made many good friends over the last 2 years and I am delighted that we have been able to support and raise money for various charities, in particular The Garden House Hospice in Letchworth.”