Founder and Director of the Great Yorkshire Chorus, Maria Mullin, has a lifelong passion for music and a wealth of experience working with choirs. She loves to see the positive power of singing at work in people, building confidence and bringing joy.
Maria undertook a music degree at the University of York, where she studied conducting and developed great enthusiasm for choirs. Since then, she has directed many vocal groups, including the Jubilee Gospel Choir, choirs in schools, offices and Bradford and Leeds All For One Choirs. Her work has presented fantastic opportunities to direct choirs on stage with artists including Leona Lewis, Russell Watson, G4 and Blake, as well as conducting in historic venues such as Leeds Grand Theatre, Hull City Hall and St George’s Hall, Bradford.
In 2018, Maria founded the Great Yorkshire Chorus, with a vision to create a joyful and progressive community-based choir. This incredibly special choir has an ethos of raising aspirations, high creative achievement and most importantly – fun! Alongside directing GYC, Maria is also a skilled pianist and music arranger. She creates many bespoke arrangements tailored to the strengths of GYC singers.
Maria is a highly experienced saxophonist, having played for over 25 years both as a classically trained and jazz player. In 2015 she was awarded the prestigious Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music diploma in Saxophone Performance in recognition of her achievements. She is a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and the Association of British Choral Directors.
Maria lives in Shipley with her husband and children. Originally from Liverpool, she is a very proud Northerner and long term resident of Yorkshire. When she’s not engrossed in music, she’s a busy Mum, a keen runner (having completed the London Marathon in 2019) and general creative who loves to play at making beautiful things in the garden and the kitchen.