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Musical Directors Dan Brown & Ellen Mawhinney

Dan Brown started piano at a young age, studying classical. He became a member of the Lancashire Youth Jazz Orchestra. In 2014 he studied under Tommy Smith & Paul Harrison at the RCS, and in 2015 was accepted into the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra.
Ellen Mawhinney is studying at the Scottish Conservatoire.
She joined Sounds International in September this year.

Eddie Binnie CT ABRSM

Founder and conductor of Sounds International, Eddie lives a life full of music – and firmly believes singing is for everyone, regardless of age and ability. By day he is involved in courses, workshops, school choirs and musical groups and one-to-one coaching, all designed to develop vocal potential and performance skills be they for public speaking, teaching, or simply singing for personal pleasure.

He is an accomplished communicator and facilitator, which, combined with his relaxed and informal approach, helps build confidence and self esteem. Eddie not only conducts Sounds International but also writes musical arrangements and original music and, on a weekly basis, coaches members in everything from warm-up routines and breathing, to pitch accuracy and diction as well as the actual singing.

Eddie’s website is

Committee Members: 2019-2020

Chair: Jeff Fineman
Secretary: Roberta Wright
Treasurer: Jeff Fineman
Events Co-ordinator/Publicity: Beverley Brown
Music Librarian: Diane Mathers
Eddie Binnie
Susan Martin
Diane Mathers
Pamela Adkins
Willie Thorpe
David Barnett
Liz Yates

I get lost in the music. Fabulous!
- Irene

My favourite kind of workout
- Jane

Singing lets me switch off from everything else – the ultimate stress reliever
- Alistair

Tuesday rehearsals provide enough feel-good factor to last the week
- Susan

If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the black and white notes together
- Richard M Nixon

Music is the universal language of mankind
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Music is the voice that tells us the human race is greater than it knows
- Napoleon Bonaparte

Music is the soul that can be heard by the universe
- Lao Tzu

Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music
- Jimi Hendrix

Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music
- Ronald Regan

If music be the food of love, play on
- William Shakespeare

Music can change the world because it can change people
- Bono

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy
- Beethoven