MJ Paranzino Photo: Simon Dack
MJ Paranzino is the director of four choirs – the Brighton City Singers, the South London Choir, the West London Choir and Hastings Town Singers. She is also an entertainer, composer and arranger who has been leading vocal workshops in the UK and the USA for twenty years. Her voice students include big pop names, as well as chief executives and singers who are serious about improving their projection and range. She is passionate about singing and how it is a force for all that is positive in life. More about MJ at www.mjparanzino.co.uk
"MJ has a fantastic voice of her own and she is doing marvels with mine..."
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Ginny Dougary, her partner, is a journalist and writer, who interviewed the great and the good for The Times for 20 years from 1992–2012; she is now a freelance contributor to most of the UK's national newspapers, as well as to the Radio Times. She has written musicals and songs with MJ Paranzino which have been performed at the Soho Theatre, the Royal Festival Hall and the Brighton Fringe Festival. While at The Times, she wrote many travel pieces, including a front page series on the North Pole and the South Pole. She was also a judge in the Thomas Cook travel book awards. Her travel ideal is Affordable Luxe, and she loves a good hotel.
In 2014, MJ Paranzino and Ginny Dougary launched their charity MJ’s Liberty Choirs forming choirs for marginalized people in prison, forensic psychiatric units and wherever they are needed. Funded by the Arts Council and private supporters, including David Gilmour and Polly Samson, Ian Hislop, Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, David Suchet, CBE, and Baroness Kingsmill CBE.
More about MJ’s Liberty Choir
Read BBC article about Liberty Choirs.
Listen to BBC World Service interview with MJ Paranzino and former inmates about the Liberty Choir, 16 Aug 2015
MJ (left) and Linda Rogers (right)
Linda Rogers has held a number of high-level posts, as a business advisor for a UK-wide trade and employers’ organisation, in conference and event management and as a personal assistant to Chairmen and Chief Executives for major health regulators within the UK. She loves to travel, shop, create jewellery and embroideries – and, of course, Linda loves to sing.