Our Creative Team
Sarah Marshall is the Founder, Artistic and Managing Director of The People’s Show Choir, The People’s Orchestra and The Rusty Players 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 a few 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 Program Director
“I have yet to see anyone mesmerise 250 children at a time more than Ula. From first meeting she has the children completely under her spell, inspiring confidence & belief that they can do something extraordinary together.”
Edward Armitage, JAM Chairman
A former “Outstanding” (Ofsted 2004) primary school teacher, Ula is a leading conductor, teacher trainer and workshop leader, whose work has taken her around the UK and as far afield as Hong Kong, Uganda, Ukraine, Thailand, China and New Zealand.
Ula is an expert in developing choral and classroom singing and has delivered singing strategies for Sandwell and Dudley Music Hubs. She has had a number of songs and arrangements published and is the co-founder of music education organisation Vocal.Point. Ula sings with the renowned choir Ex Cathedra and is one of their lead education vocal tutors. She co-created Ex Cathedra Education’s internationally acclaimed and award-winning Singing Playgrounds project.
A trained choral conductor, Ula currently conducts CBSO SO Vocal (a 200-strong community choir run by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra), the HSBC Choir in Birmingham and the Birmingham City Council Choir (as featured in the 2013 BBC2 programme ‘The Choir’, with Gareth Malone). She is the founder and Musical Director of Echo Doliny (The National Polish folk choir) and the National Teachers’ Choir. Most recently Ula has been appointed conductor of the CBSO Children’s Chorus.
As Head of Events for the National Choral Organisation, Sing for Pleasure (SfP), Ula organises conducting and singing courses across the UK and abroad. She regularly tutors on SfP conductor training courses and is Course Director for their annual Summer School.
Ula guest conducts at national and international events and is regularly invited to lead singing, training, and corporate workshops for choirs and organisations including ABCD, BBC, G4S, Glyndebourne, NYCOS, Music Mark, Sing Up, Sistema Scotland, the UK Choir Festival and numerous Music Hubs across the UK.