Current Members of North8
Caitlin Mayall – Soprano
Caitlin is a conductor, singer and teacher based in West Yorkshire. She gained her degree in Music and Spanish at the University of Leeds, where she specialised in vocal performance and teaching, and was awarded First Class Hons. With a background as a classically trained soprano, she has sung with the Ebor Singers, the Hallé Youth Choir and Leeds University Chamber Choir. After directing the Leeds University Chorus whilst at university, in 2015 Caitlin was awarded a Sing for Pleasure Young Conducting Scholarship. Since then, she has conducted the Darlington Youth Choir, Barnsley Youth Choir, Left Bank Choir, members of the National Youth Choir GB Chamber Choir and Leeds Vocal Movement (2017-present). She founded North8 alongside Charlie Rhodes in 2018 and is part of the Hallé’s choral outreach team. Alongside singing and conducting, Caitlin teaches Kodály-based music curriculum in primary schools and writes original jazz, gospel and folk music.
Paige Miller – Soprano
Paige started singing at a young age and was a member of many successful children’s choirs and female choirs, winning internationally renowned competitions, including the BBC Radio 2 Choir of the Year and the Llangollen International Eisteddfod. Paige then moved on to study Music at the University of Huddersfield where she sang in the University Chamber Choir. She has recently completed her PGCE in secondary music education and is currently teaching Music and Drama at a specialist performing arts school locally.
Debbie Bury – Alto
Debbie studied singing with Zuilmah Hopkins, gaining distinction in ABRSM Grade 8. She was a member of Tees Valley Youth Choir for 4 years, with annual European tours, and national competitions, coming 2nd in the final of the BBC Choir of the Year at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff. She sang in the Leeds University Chamber Choir and currently sings with Leeds Vocal Movement. Debbie has Grade 8 violin, taught by Geraldine Murray, and played in Tees Valley Youth Orchestra for 6 years. She also has a diploma on piano, having been taught by her grandmother, Jean White. Debbie is a doctor, training in emergency medicine in West Yorkshire.
Kate Martin – Alto
Kate has been a choral, jazz and folk singer for over 15 years, performing gigs and concerts across the country with choirs such as the National Youth Choir and Leeds University Chamber Choir. She studied Art History to master’s level at the University of Leeds and then moved into communications in the charity sector. She now works as a Business Analyst for Citizens Advice and a portrait artist in her free time – keeping singing largely for pleasure!
Sam Gilliatt – Tenor
Having grown up in and around Manchester, Sam studied Music at University of York where he performed regularly with chamber choirs The 24 (dir. Robert Hollingworth, which has led to collaborations with I Fagiolini in both recording and performance) and Yorkshire Bach Choir (dir. Peter Seymour) and was a baritone and musical director/arranger for the university a cappella ensemble Vox. He has also taken part in Genesis Sixteen and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain Fellowship Octet as well as having multiple opera and musical theatre performance credits to his name. In further choral engagements, Sam has sung with ensembles including De Profundis, Echo, Kantos, Recordare and has performed solos in various Bach cantatas with Liverpool Bach Collective (dir. Philip Duffy). In addition to singing, Sam also works regularly as a conductor, running various groups around Manchester and has recently joined the team of musical directors working with Barnsley Youth Choir. He is also one of the Halle’s pool of conductors for their Corporate Choirs.
Charlie Rhodes – Bass
Charles was born in York and educated at Pocklington School. Always a passionate singer, Charles has been singing in choirs since he was 5. Whilst at school in Pocklington, he first experienced leading small choral groups. This passion continued whilst studying Music at the University of Manchester, and it was during this time that he set up his first choir, Leeds Vocal Movement, which he ran from 2011-2017. Since leaving University Charles has worked as a choral conductor and vocal coach throughout the North of England. Amongst others he has directed Huddersfield Voices, Halcyon Youth Choir, Scunthorpe Cooperative Junior Choir and Aire Valley Singers. He has also worked for Diocese of Leeds Music Department and most recently has become Co-Director of new vocal octet, North8. Charles started working at Rastrick High School in September 2018, and has thoroughly enjoyed the great history and ethos of singing at the school. Alongside his work at the school, Charles is studying for his Master of Education, and is touring with the Gary Clarke Company as Assistant Musical Director.
Daniel Walters – Bass
Daniel is a singer and multi instrumentalist who performs a variety of styles including classical, rock, folk, blues, gospel, a cappella, and barbershop. He holds a First Class degree in Music from the University of Huddersfield. After his degree, he studied piano and voice with Dr. Robin Harrison, before gaining a PGCE. As well as singing with North8, he works as a freelance instrumental and vocal teacher, and community musician across Kirklees and Calderdale.
Past Members of North8
Eleanor Watts – Mezzosoprano (2018-2020)
Eleanor Watts is a mezzosoprano based in Leeds. She gained two postgraduate degrees at the Royal Northern College of Music in vocal performance, and was awarded a distinction for her Postgraduate Diploma. She has sung with ensembles in the London, Leeds and Manchester areas, including Chelsea Opera Group, Manchester Chamber Choir, Clothworkers Consort of Leeds and the Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed as a soloist and chorus member in a number of operatic productions. Eleanor studies the piano and accompanies other singers for lessons and private study, as well as local groups.
Colin Danskin – Tenor (2018-2019)
Colin is a singer, teacher and conductor based in York. He is currently on the Solo Voice Ensemble Singing MA programme at York University run by Robert Hollingworth, of I Fagiolini, and studying voice with Susan Young. He completed his undergraduate degree in Music at the University of Cambridge where he sang at Selwyn College, and studied with Giles Underwood. During his time as a secondary school music teacher Colin led choirs both in and out of school and sang with London choirs including The Lacock Scholars and Khoros. His conducting and singing benefited hugely from conductor training with Sing for Pleasure. Colin also sings, plays the trumpet and calls ceilidhs with folk band The Coach House Company.