Our Creative Team

Artistic Director

Sarah Marshall

Sarah Marshall is the Founder, Artistic and Managing Director of The People’s Show Choir and The People’s Orchestra.
Founded with a principle wish to keep people playing music, she grew the orchestra into one of the UK’s leading community orchestras in just four short years.

Sarah set out to prove that orchestras and choirs can be set up, ran differently and still wow audiences with a high standard of performance
But it doesn’t end there. As volunteers joined in to help with the back-office roles such as marketing, administration and graphical design (to name just a few). They began leave a few weeks later after gaining paid employment. The charity has since gone on to help hundreds of people back into paid employment, into education or on to set up their own businesses, all in one of the most deprived areas of England.

Choral Director
Kirsty Williamson

Kirsty Williamson is a Scottish Soprano, whose musical focus lies in facilitating community engagement and participation through her role as Choral Director for The People’s Show Choir. 
Since initially graduating from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with her BMus (Hons) degree in Vocal & Operatic Studies, Kirsty spent her time between New York and the Kingdom of Bahrain, where she designed and implemented diverse solo and choral programmes for both youth and adult educational institutions.  
In September 2018, she returned to the UK to undertake her Masters’ Degree in Vocal Performance at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, under the tutelage of Louise Crane and Paul Wingfield.  
Alongside her community outreach and teaching projects, Kirsty continues to regularly perform in both operatic and musical theatre settings, engaging in an assortment of exciting and unusual events throughout Europe, the USA and the Middle East.

Musical Director

Rob Spalton

Musical Director and Principal Conductor of The People’s Orchestra Rob is a Birmingham Conservatoire graduate with a BMus (Hons) in Music Performance.

His career spans roles such as Musical Director for the Central England Concert Band, Chief Technician for The Orchestral Pit Stop and Head of Brass and Orchestral Percussion at Repton School. He continues his work as a tutor and freelance musician, whilst enjoying playing festivals such as Glastonbury and Cropredy


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