We are led by our talented Musical Director Sue Lampard.
Sue learned violin, piano and the theory of music from a very early age. Her training
was classical until the age of 14 when she joined the school big band as a vocalist
in a four-part close harmony group. This changed her entire outlook to music and
developed her passion for close harmony singing. She also took up the saxophone so
she could join in with the band in the non-vocal numbers. In early adult life, Sue
played saxophone in various bands and took up Barbershop singing when she moved to
Surrey in 1982. The saxophone playing diminished over the years as life got busier,
but the close harmony singing remained as a hobby.
Sue’s life as a musical director happened through chance. With a fulltime job, the
singing was always placed second and she enjoyed being on the ‘back benches’ in the
chorus. However, in 2000 she took up the role of assistant chorus director with Guildford
Harmony. This provided a whole new outlook and inspiration for directing as well
Although loving the close harmony of the barbershop style, Sue began to feel that
it was too restrictive, so in January 2004 she formed In Accord. Her early theoretical
training came into its own as, from this point on, she began arranging the music.
The previous four part barbershop style soon developed into five part arrangements
where extra harmonies (and sometimes vocal percussion) add richness to the sound.