Introducing our Founders
The BIG Sing was founded by Howard Francis, Gemma Francis, Jon Rattenbury & Adetoun Anibi over twelve years ago! Having performed alongside some BIG names such as Jamie Cullum, Ellie Goulding, Westlife, Kylie Minogue, Leona Lewis, Will Young and James Brown to name a few, and being full time members of The London Community Gospel Choir, our founders were passionate about making a difference in our communities. It was at this moment that The BIG Sing was born! More recently Howard and Gemma have taken the reigns and are now heading up The BIG Sing family.
THE BIG SING FOUNDER – MANAGING DIRECTOR
Oversees the BIG Sing family
THE BIG SING FOUNDER – MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Oversees the BIG Sing family
Meet our Choir Tutors
With over 30 years experience, Neresa has led a church choir for 15 years, been a recording artist, busker for TFL, Street Performer, event/function band singer and backing vocalist as well as a choir member and Assistant Choir Director for the London Community Gospel Choir. Neresa has travelled worldwide as a singer and performed in iconic places such as the Royal Albert Hall, The Palladium, Wembley Stadium, the O2 and even sang at the late Queen’s Platinum Celebrations at Buckingham Palace! Neresa loves to create an energetic atmosphere at choir rehearsals and looks forward to encouraging you to feel empowered to express yourselves and support one another whilst enabling you to grow as singers, build your confidence and have some fun!
Charly joined our team in May 2021 after loving coming to TINY Sing as a mum for two years with her little ones. Charly loves to dance and sing around the house with her family and has a background in musical theatre and choir singing. Charly formerly worked for Disney World in Florida and has a great love for music and movement which she enjoys bringing to our babies and tots each week.
Laura is the newest member of our TINY Sing Team who wanted to get involved with us after attending TINY Sing in Coventry with her own baby Eden who thoroughly enjoys it. Music plays a massive part in Laura’s every day family life with them all dancing round the house and singing (however badly) in the shower! Laura loves the way ourinclusive classes are friendly and welcoming for the whole of the community and can’t wait to share with you all how much fun you can have at TINY Sing! Welcome on board Laura!
Letitia is now an established member of our TINY Sing Team . With 4 small boys, music and movement is an important part of Letitia’s family life. They love singing, dancing and moving which Letitia believes to be a vital part of their emotional, physical and mental well-being. Letitia loves seeing the joy in our children when the music starts playing and is passionate about bringing parents and carers together in a welcoming environment where they can escape everyday stresses for a while at least. Letitia can’t wait to share the new TINY Sing SOUL sessions with everyone each week.
Jenny moved to Chelmsford two years ago and finding The BIG Sing was the best thing that could have happened to her – and us – it really helped her settle into the community! Jenny is semi-retired and looks after her grandchildren part of the week – they all love singing so it was a natural progression for Jenny to become a Tiny Sing tutor to take her love of music into the community and the next generation of singers.
Meet our Support Staff
Evie is at a great time in her life where she has finished her GCSE’s and is now on board with us to help behind the scenes. Having been a part of the BIG Sing since she was only 6 years old, Evie has seen The BIG Sing develop over the past 11 years and has all the background knowledge required to help us. Evie is assisting in The BIG Sing Office, helping with social media and overseeing the co-ordination of our SOUL projects. We are SO excited to have Evie on our team.
As the daughter of an original committee member who helped set up The BIG Sing SOUL, Emma has delighted in watching SOUL grow. Emma has been involved in fundraising for many different causes for as long as she can remember – arranging events, applying for funding and completing challenges. Emma is family orientated with three children including two sons with additional needs giving her first hand experience of seeing how our charity can give singing opportunities to communities bringing joy and confidence. This has driven her passion to ensure activities are accessible for all. Emma is organised and committed and is very excited to join our team in January 2023. Welcome Emma!