The Big Sing

The Team

Introducing our Founders

The BIG Sing founders have performed alongside some BIG names already Jamie Cullum, Madonna, Beverley Knight, Will Young, James Brown to name a few and have toured with Leona Lewis, Ellie Goulding and Kylie Minogue. They have all been session singers or members of The London Community Gospel Choir.
Gemma Francis

THE BIG SING FOUNDER – MANAGING DIRECTOR
Oversees the Midlands BIG Sing, all Tiny/Little Sing and SOUL

Gemma is the business brains behind The BIG Sing. Having been mentored by millionaire businessmen who helped Gemma’s vision for SOUL come to fruition, Gemma now works with the Lions to help mentor others. As a professional singer she has worked with the best and draws on this experience to unite the community with uplifting music!
Howard Francis
THE BIG SING FOUNDER – MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Oversees Essex & Suffolk BIG Sing
Howard is one of the UK’s top keyboard players & gospel songwriters. Well-known for his dexterity and nimble-fingered skills, Howard’s unique skills on the keyboard mean he even comes endorsed by Yamaha Music. Howard has been working with Choirs for the last 30 years and has written many songs for other famous artists. Howard is currently touring with the soul singer Alexander O’Neal. Howard is responsible for our amazing arrangements and harmonies!
Jon Rattenbury
THE BIG SING FOUNDER – CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Oversees London and Kent BIG Sing and Pro Choirs
Jonathan is an expert singing tutor and as well as directing choirs he is the Musical Director for the TED Group who provide entertainment for all the top hotels around the world. Jonathan’s creative flair and unique vocal arrangements give The BIG Sing that extraordinary sound.

Meet our Choir Tutors

We have such a GREAT team of Choir Tutors at The BIG Sing
Peter Francis
Choir Tutor
Not only the former choir director of The London Community Gospel Choir, Peter is a renowned Choir Director both in the UK and Poland, with a wealth of experience as a Producer, Vocal Tutor, Backing Vocalist and Soloist. He has had the privilege of singing with Elaine Page, Paul McCartney, Foreigner, Madness as well as Gospel artists Al Green, Donnie McClurkin and Andrae Crouch to name but a few. Peter travels to Poland every month where he manages three Community choirs and is now working on a fourth. His passion, humour and unique style of teaching gives him the ability to bring out the best in everyone.
Daniel Ribbits
Choir Tutor
Daniel is an experienced choir tutor having worked with choirs for the last seven years. An accomplished keyboard player, Dan goes out playing as Dan the Piano Man and also gives private piano and singing lessons. Dan plays with a band called Rumour Mill and our BIG Singers like nothing more than venturing out to support his gigs! Affectionately known as ‘Tigger’ (you will see why!) Dan takes our SOUL projects into schools and other venues and is a very valued member of The BIG Sing team.
Edie Farrell
Choir Tutor
Edie grew up in a very musical family often taking part in different concerts and studied piano since the age of 3. Edie is our most recently qualified BIG Sing tutor who runs both the BIG Sing and LITTLE Sing choirs in Ipswich. Edie joined The BIG Sing at the age of 11 and in Edie’s own words: ‘it changed my life giving me the opportunity to actually teach music and see the difference it made to people’s lives including my own’. Edie is a very valued member of staff and loves working with the BIG Sing!
Carol Brewster
Choir Tutor
Carol has extensive experience in vocal training, performance and development including facilitating vocal and percussion workshops in schools; community projects and youth centres. Carol has worked as a vocal coach for the Stagecoach theatre school and ER Mason Youth Academy. Carol is a valued member of The BIG Sing team.
Patricia Burrowes
Choir Tutor
Patricia is a singer/songwriter with over 25 years’ experience singing in choirs and groups and as a solo artist and her talent has afforded her the privilege of backing many pop and gospel artists at amazing events. As a vocal coach, she enjoys sharing the knowledge learnt through her studies and seeing the confidence grow in her students as they tackle and master new vocal techniques.
Rachel Smith
Choir Tutor
Rachel has been working for the Big Sing for a year now. She loves doing Rayleigh’s Tiny Sing and the SOUL projects in schools/pre-schools/care homes. She is based in Essex and has done projects in Rayleigh, Southend, Hadleigh and Wickford so far. For the rest of the week, Rachel is a primary school teacher and has always run school choir clubs; in her own words she says ‘it’s great to be able to take the joy of music and singing to as many places as possible. I’m also mummy to 3 small people so life is very busy!’
Andrea Miles
Choir Tutor
Andrea is our TINY Sing tutor in Essex. She has always loved to sing and perform from acting in school plays and local pantomimes to singing in a duo in pubs but when her mum died in 2010 she stopped singing. Then in 2012 she saw an advert for the Big Sing choir and decided to give it a try. Andrea never imagined that she would be working for The BIG Sing, doing what she loved singing. Andrea loves singing with the babies and tots and watching them grow in confidence and skills through music. She also works for our charity, The BIG Sing SOUL taking Tiny Sing in to nurseries and preschools. Andrea says: ‘I love singing with the tots. They are so excited to show their parents and carers what they’ve been doing with us, plus the feedback we’ve received makes you realise how important what we do is’.
Jasmine Mackman
Choir Tutor

Jasmine is so excited to be a new tutor with The BIG Sing family after recently returning from two years in New York working as a singer/pianist and vocal coach. With over fifteen years experience as a vocalist in bands, choirs and as a soloist, she has had the privilege of performing across the UK, Europe and America at some fantastic venues. Jasmine uses her enthusiasm and knowledge in performance and vocal technique to inspire all ages. She has worked extensively in summer camps and schools as a vocal coach creating and leading choirs, facilitating music workshops and giving one to one lessons.

Having graduated in Musical Theatre, Jasmine is a trained dancer and loves acting. She has performed in the West End and for BBC’s Comic Relief, alongside Simon Cowell. You may also recognise her as Elsa from Frozen; she regularly performs as the Ice Queen herself! Jasmine is taking The Big Sing SOUL projects into schools and developing LITTLE and BIG Sing Choirs around Essex.

Kasey Banks
Choir Tutor
Kasey graduated from the University of Chichester in 2018 with a degree in BA (hons) Music. It was here that she discovered a love for teaching and as a result of this, began coaching singing to choirs, groups and individuals. Kasey has fronted many bands which has lead her to perform in a range of different venues such as Disneyland Paris and The Royal Albert Hall. Kasey is very excited to begin her work with The BIG Sing and has joined the team in Essex to deliver SOUL projects in schools, run LITTLE Sing groups and help with The BIG Sing choirs.
Erin-Joy Ashman
Choir Tutor
Erin has been singing for as long as she can remember and has been lucky enough to turn her passion into her career! After leaving London School Of Musical Theatre she explored the world whilst working as lead female vocalist for P&O Cruises. Now back home and based in Kent she runs her own teaching practise EJA Singing alongside her work for The BIG Sing. Erin is Rochester’s Little Sing Tutor & Has also worked on various wonderful projects for our SOUL charity including being the fist tutor to embark on a project in a CAMHS School!
Sam Rolles
Choir Tutor
Sam Rolles-Rolles was born in Farnham and into a musical family where he was encouraged to take up the Violin and Singing. Music became a major part of his life from taking part in orchestras, chamber groups, bands, and choirs around the country from an early age was key in his development as a musician and teacher. At the age of 10 he was awarded an unconditional musical scholarship to Frensham Heights School. In 2004 he joined Peter Symond’s Specialist Music Course in Winchester and in 2006 Sam was awarded Young Musician of Farnham. After completing a four-year performance course in Trinity College of Music, London where he was granted a scholarship. It was here that he studied Viola, Jazz Singing, and Conducting, obtaining a BMus Honours degree in performance. Since his graduation Sam has been both a teacher, and a touring musician, taking his performances around the world. Having recently joined the Big SING Sam is keen to work with communities around the UK and bring fun and music to people of all ages and backgrounds. Sam is looking forward to becoming a part of the Big SING family in London.
Alex Wiseman
Choir Tutor
Alex is a vocalist, singing teacher and choir director. She currently sings with Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir, Camden Voices and is lead singer of a function band. Alex’s first experience teaching choirs was as musical director of the Royal Holloway Gospel Choir whilst studying music at university. Since then she joined The BIG Sing team and is helping us lead choirs in schools, centres for disabled adults and community choirs.