Meet our team

Lucy McLean
Founder of Lucy's Pop Choir

Lucy is the choir's slightly bonkers CEO, Founder, & is also the director of the two York Choirs. Lucy started the choir in 2013 and since then it has gone from strength to strength. 

Lucy wanted to create a choir with a super fun atmosphere, where lots of giggles are had and anyone can come along! This community approach has been a big hit and despite being a 'casual' choir, they sound incredible! 

Throughout lockdown in 2020 & 2021, Lucy kept very busy advocating for choirs across the UK alongside many other choir directors when the government guidelines were treating choirs unfairly in comparison to other sectors. She even appeared on Good Morning Britain as part of the campaign to allow choirs to meet together again. As well as her TV debut, Lucy also had an article written about the situation facing choirs on BBC News, and appeared on numerous radio shows including BBC Radio York, BBC Radio Leeds, BBC Radio Cambs & BBC Radio 2 with Jeremy Vine. 

Lucy is also a highly trained vocal coach & teacher and has trained with some of the best voice teachers in the world through the Institute for Vocal Advancement. Lucy & the team at Lucy's Pop Choir regularly take voice lessons to continue improving their voices.

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Emily Peterborough Choir Director

Emily Hughes

Peterborough Choir Director

A bit about Emily...

Emily is Peterborough's choir director. She has been part of various choirs for many years and has always had a huge love for singing! She is also Lucy's sister, so you can be sure the slightly bonkers & hilarious shenanigans will continue! In her spare time she is also Batman.* 

Emily can recite Pi to almost 30 decimal places, but please don't hold that against her. Emily is a trained Maths teacher, but when offered the opportunity to start a choir in Peterborough, she just couldn't hold back! The Peterborough choir did so well that we sooner launched a second one in the area. Emily now also runs her own business helping parents to decipher the madness of GCSE's through The Parent Guide to GCSE's

A bit about Hannah...

Hannah was the director of our Leeds choirs and has been part of Lucy's choir in York since the beginning. She is also a professional panda cuddler.* Hannah has recently moved to Ireland and we can't wait for her to get some new choirs started over there!  

Most of the time, Hannah works as an Occupational Therapist, but she loves singing so much that when she moved to Leeds from York and couldn't take choir with her, she was so upset that we decided she should start one there so she'd never have to miss out again! Needless to say, it worked out pretty well, and she's now taking her love of choir over to Ireland! Exciting times ahead!

Hannah Leeds Choir Director

Hannah Shelstone

Leeds Choir Director

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Kate Pink
York Choir Director

A bit about Kate...

Kate joined our choir team during lockdown 2020 and bless her, it took ages before she could actually meet any of our lovely choir members! But, she stuck with us, through thick and thin, and when were finally able to relaunch our choir sessions, Kate was an instant hit! Kate has a background in musical theatre and just loves a good sing and a giggle which made her a perfect match for us. Kate is currently helping Lucy in York with running the choir sessions.

In her spare time she looks after her two gorgeous greyhounds, Arthur & Evie (no seriously, they're super cute), and she also goes skateboarding, because she's super cool! 

A bit about Elinor...

Elinor is our newest team member and has been training super hard ready to take over our Leeds choirs now that Hannah has moved to Ireland. Eli has a Masters degree in Performing from Trinity St David's in Cardiff and moved to Leeds as soon as she finished to throw herself head first into all things choir! 

Eli is also a Vlogger for BOOM Cymru, a welsh youtube channel for teenagers, which totes makes her a celebrity and honestly, if you happen to catch any of the videos you'll see how bonkers and full of energy she is! 

Eli has been a huge hit with our Leeds choirs since relaunching and we're so pleased to have found the right person for the job! 

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Elinor Parsons
Leeds Choir Director

*Some of this information may be slightly exaggerated / fabricated/ not entirely true.