About us

Our members are drawn from in and around Ipswich, and over the years have performed all over Suffolk, including Framlingham, Long Melford, Bures, Felixstowe, Woodbridge, Sudbury and Hadleigh, raising hundreds of pounds for local charities.

Musicology Members

Kathryn Bryant Kathryn Bryant (Soprano)
Kathryn has been singing with Musicology since 1996. Kathryn has also performed with several local amateur groups and is a longstanding member of the Woodbridge based musical theatre group 'Company of Four' where she regularly performs in shows and musicals. Kathryn lives in Woodbridge with husband Julian and Dude the dog and they have a son, Alexander, currently at university.
Ruth Symington Ruth Symington (Soprano)
Ruth grew up in the North East of England and moved to Suffolk in the 1980s, where she lives in Kesgrave with husband Andrew and son James. She loves singing and she is very proud to be a member of “Musicology”. She also sings with the “Suffolk Singers”. Ruth started playing the clarinet when she was 11 years old, and now performs on the clarinet and saxophone with many local bands and orchestras. She combines her love of music making with her career in science, which started in research, and then moved to teaching. She is now the Local Authority Science Adviser for schools in Suffolk.
Paul Bloomfield Paul Bloomfield (Tenor)
Paul was born in Felixstowe and trained with the late Olive Foster and Helga Mott. He has many years experience as Tenor soloist with many choral groups throughout Suffolk and Essex. He has performed a wide repertoire from all the major choral works, including taking leading stage roles in all the Gilbert & Sullivan Operas. He is a founder member of "Musicology"
James Hayward James Hayward (Tenor)
James has for many years combined his career as a professional lawyer with that of an amateur actor, singer and director. Born in Ipswich, he began singing as a treble, and later as a tenor, in the choirs of St Mary's Bucklesham and Ipswich School. He was in the choir of St John's College Oxford and has sung in many stage musicals, both with Ipswich Operatic & Dramatic Society and Gallery Players. He joined Musicology in 1996.
Lisa Cheadle Lisa Cheadle (Alto)
Lisa is the founder member of Musicology. She started playing piano and the tenor horn at the age of 7 having been born into a “Salvation Army” family where music was a very large part of family life. At school she started to play the French horn and now regularly plays both piano and French horn in many local groups. Lisa has also taken part in numerous local musical shows as a pit musician at The New Wolsey Theatre, Regent Theatre and Corn Exchange in Ipswich and the Spa Pavilion in Felixstowe; a job she loves. By day she is a full-time mum to William, an energetic toddler; but also finds time to study for an Open University Degree, which she envisages will take around 6 or 7 years to complete!
Sally Webb Sally Webb (Alto)
I moved from Stoke-on-Trent to Suffolk 31 years ago, to start a teaching career in Woodbridge. I joined Ipswich Gilbert & Sullivan Society and the Suffolk Military Band (Suffolk Concert Band today), playing clarinet. Since then I have danced, played and sung in several societies, including IODS, Ipswich Choral, Trianon, Holbrook Choral and of course Musicology! Music has introduced me to a diverse bunch of people, including my husband Geoff (tuba player in many local groups). Our daughter, Charlotte (aged 16) shares our love of music, often 'blowing her own trumpet" and singing!
Mark Cheadle Mark Cheadle (Bass)
Mark started singing at the age of 9 as a boy chorister at St Augustine’s Church in Ipswich, eventually becoming Head Chorister. During this time he gained the St Nicholas Award – the highest award achievable from the Royal School of Church Music. At school he learnt to play the cornet and was a founder member of the Copleston Band Society. He is now principal solo cornet with the Suffolk Concert Band, plays trumpet with Trianon Music Group and has played in various ‘pit orchestras’ for local amateur dramatic groups. He joined Musicology in 2003 and is married to the boss - Lisa. By day he is a Senior Agricultural Manager for NatWest Bank.
Julian Illman Julian Illman (Bass)
Julian has been with Musicology from its first concert in April 1994. He is married to fellow Musicology singer Kathryn and they have a son called Alexander and a black Labradoodle dog called ‘Dude’. The Illman/Bryant family live in the wilds of Woodbridge. Julian is a keen singer and actor and has performed with a number of musical groups in the area, notably Woodbridge’s Company of Four and the Ipswich Gilbert & Sullivan Society. Julian and Kathryn run their own business.
David Butcher David Butcher (Accompanist)
David Butcher lives and works in Suffolk as a broadcast engineer and is married with two young children. Much of his time away from the day job is spent involved in music in one form or another. He is the conductor of Sudbury Choral Society, organist at various local churches, and plays for the Accidentals, who are a five piece female light music vocal group based in south Suffolk. The pipe organ is David's first love and he is becoming increasingly involved in recording a variety of instruments for a computer based digital organ simulation system called Hauptwerk, with the mighty organ of Hereford Cathedral being the most recent example. Nothing beats live music-making however and David always enjoys accompanying the singers of Musicology at their various concerts throughout the year.