Meet the team
Ellie Western (ne Rusbridge)
Choir Leader, Genevieve Dawson
Singer and vocal coach Ellie Rusbridge founded Sing at Work in 2018. She has been conducting choirs in workplaces, mental health settings, schools and local communities for over a decade. In demand as a performer, conductor, composer and theatre practitioner, she has worked she has worked with London's Pop-Up Choir, Owl Parliament, Euphonix, Exultate Singers and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. As a singer and performer, Ellie has toured internationally with The Paper Cinema, The Odyssey (2016), Circumference, Geste Records and Circomedia. Her professional collaborations include Beardyman, The Beguilers, Teotima Ensemble, Oi Va Voi and The Boxettes. Ellie releases her own music as INMIRIAM, with her 3rd album due for release in summer 2019.
Genevieve is an Edinburgh-born singer, teacher composer and conductor. She is musical director of the Pop-Up Choir, and workshop leader for Euphonix, the Punk Choir, and the Advocacy Project. After studying Music at Oxford University Genevieve worked as an artist and community music practitioner in Egypt and Morocco, before returning to London and continuing her studies at Goldsmiths College, completing an MMus in 2017. Genevieve has sung for SOUND, Schola Cantorum and London Contemporary Voices. With her own band she has performed at Merge Southbank, Greenbelt festival, and Edinburgh International festival. She is currently working on her debut album and trying not to fall asleep on the tube between rehearsals.
Lotte is an actor, poet, playwright and singer . She graduated in a BA in Classical Acting from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in 2010 and has since worked extensively in Theatre, Film, TV and Radio. Her debut play 'Exactly Like You', a solo show written in verse, received Critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016 and she is currently developing work for Channel 4. In demand as a singer, Lotte has worked with Owl Parliament Choir, Dizraeli and INMIRIAM, but - we are told - mostly enjoys impromptu dinner party performances and rocking the Backing Vocals in her Dad’s funk band (!)
Jake Alexander is a composer, arranger, cellist, singer and choir director. Jake studied composition at Trinity College of Music. He is conductor and co-founder of Quaggy Community Choir; the musical director of Raised Voices, a political protest choir, and Dancing Strong, a contemporary dance company led by Adesola Akinleye that specialises in creating work for young audiences. Jake's collaborations include choreographer Helen Kindred, and various BBC radio programmes produced by Fiction Factory. He forms one half of folk duo, The Sea Kings, with whom he sings and plays percussion. Their self-titled debut album can be found on their website - theseakings.co.uk. An album of Jake's solo cello material, Elms Close, is available to stream on his website - jakealexander.org.
Benjamin is the Co Founder of two charities, Gaggle and indiGO Volunteers, and Co Founder at Showing Up. He was former Head of People (HR Director to most!) at the Chemistry Group where he led a number of employee wellbeing programs. He says: “I discovered Sing at Work as a client – our away day was so much fun and had such a positive impact on our team, that we asked them to build & run a weekly choir. Of all the employee initiatives I have been part of, choirs are by far the most effective (and fun!) I volunteer as Chairman because I believe in the power music has in building communities and bringing desperately needed energy to (often solemn) workplaces.”
Naomi is a choral director, woodwind player, arranger and teacher who is currently completing studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she studies conducting under David Corkhill and Eamonn Dougan. Naomi is a principle study saxophone student and is a founding member of the Phase Saxophone Quartet. Naomi has been singing in and directing choirs around London for several years performing in prestigious venues, including Cadogan Hall. When not practicing or working, Naomi can be found cooking, playing board games and even occasionally singing in choirs just for fun!