C. Elizabeth Woods
Elizabeth studied Music at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she was a Choral Scholar under the direction of Professor Lionel Pike and specialised in Vocal Performance, studying with Elaine Pearce. As a student she was awarded the prestigious J. W. Pearce prize for the Young Musician of the Year in her home town of Huddersfield.
Elizabeth sings with the acclaimed, Yorkshire-based vocal group The Mastersingers, with whom she has taken part in numerous television and radio broadcasts, tours and recordings. The Mastersingers recorded the first album of Choral works by Malcolm Williamson, Master of the Queen’s Music (1975-2003), featuring a solo written for Elizabeth when she was just 17.
Previous solo engagement highlights include Orff’s Carmina Burana and Saint Saens’ Christmas Oratorio with the Durham County Youth Choir; David Fanshawe’s African Sanctus, Fauré’s Requiem, Len Young’s Earth Song and Bach’s Magnificat with the Newcastle Choral Society; Handel’s Messiah, Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man and Haydn’s Creation with Lanchester Choral Society; Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Mozart’s Requiem and Schubert’s Mass in G with Bishop Auckland Choral Society; Brahms’ Requiem for “Sing Together” in Sage 1; performing alongside Sir Thomas Allen in Alan Woods’ This Joyous Night with Durham Choral Society; and Will Todd’s Mass in Blue for a number of performances including the Swaledale Festival and with Manchester Chorale.
Elizabeth now teaches Singing for Durham Music Service where she is Musical Director of the Durham Music Youth Choir and Founder-Director of its Training Choir. She is also Assistant Conductor of Durham Choral Society.
She lives in Durham with her husband, local musician and composer Alan Woods, and their three sons. As a family band, “Woods” are working on their second album of original songs by the two older boys, to be released later this year. Their first album “Meant to Be Together” is available on most Music Streaming platforms. https://linktr.ee/woods_band